[ Editor’s Note: This is Col. Earl G. Matthews’ military bio which I feel is key to grasping his story below. Hence I am putting it on the front end as this is a solid resume that he has put on the line with the accusations (or simply observations) he has made on the Jan 6 National Guard stand down that he had the balls to make for the benefit of the rest of us.
People like this do not grow on trees, and we need to protect them to avoid others shying away from doing the right thing, cluing us in when we are getting majorly scammed.
Many at VT feel that happened in the coverage on why an attack on the Capitol could go on for hours basically uninterrupted in a city brimming with security force resources at their command. Color me suspicious … Jim W Dean ]
Colonel Earl G. Matthews
Staff Judge Advocate
Colonel Earl G. Matthews serves as the Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Force Headquarters, District of Columbia National Guard.
He began his military career in March 2000 upon receiving a direct commission into the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Army Reserve. Lt.Col. Matthews’ previous assignments include, Chief Training Support Branch, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA (2017-2018); Staff Judge Advocate, Multi-Agency Augmentation Command, D.C. Army National Guard (2016-2017);
Student, U.S. Army War College (2015-2016); Special Counsel and Liaison to the Joint Staff, Periodic Review Secretariat (2014-2015); Staff Judge Advocate, Special Operations Command Forward-East Africa, Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti (2013-2014); Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, (2011-2013);
Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, Kandahar, Afghanistan (2010); Deputy Officer-in-Charge, Pre-Deployment Synchronization Cell, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Rosslyn, Va. (2009);
Operational Law Attorney, National Guard Bureau Legal Support Office, D.C. Army National Guard, Arlington, Va. (2007-2009); Legal Advisor, DoD Criminal Investigation Task Force, Fort Belvoir, Va. and Baghdad, Iraq (2006-2007); Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Reserve Control Group, St. Louis, MO (2004-2006);
International Law Officer, 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion with duty as Operations Officer, Ministry of Justice Advisory Team, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq (2003-2004); Chief of Military Justice, 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized) (Forward) and Task Force Eagle, Tuzla, Bosnia (2002-2003); Trial Counsel, 220th Military Police Brigade, Gaithersburg, Md. (2002); and Administrative Law Attorney, 1215th Garrison Support Unit, Willow Grove, Pa. (2000-2001).
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Col. Matthews graduated with a Bachelor of Art, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Villanova University in May 1995, earned a J.D. from the Harvard Law School in June 1998, an Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in August 2005, an LL.M. in National Security Law from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2013 and an Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2016.
Col. Matthews’ personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device and numeral three, the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral three, the NATO Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
Col. Matthews is authorized to wear the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He has served on teams that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Army Superior Unit Award.
In his civilian capacity, Col Matthews is a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and the Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council Staff.
He previously served as Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Army, as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and as an Assistant General Counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency, among other positions.
Raw Story: A former National Guard official issued a scathing 36-page memo accusing Michael Flynn’s brother and another U.S. Army general of lying to Congress about the military response to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Col. Earl Matthews, who served in the National Security Council and Pentagon during Donald Trump’s administration, ripped the Defense Department’s inspector general for what he calls an erroneous report that protects a top Army official who delayed sending the National Guard to the U.S. Capitol, reported Politico.
“Every leader in the D.C. Guard wanted to respond and knew they could respond to the riot at the seat of government,” Matthews’ memo reads. “[Instead, D.C. guard officials sat] stunned watching in the Armory” as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.
Matthews sent the memo to the House select committee earlier this month, and provided detailed recollections of the response to the riot by Gen. Charles Flynn, who served as deputy chief of staff for operations on Jan. 6, and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, the director of Army staff — who he called “absolute and unmitigated liars” for their own accounts of that day in congressional testimony.
The memo accuses both Flynn and Piatt of lying about their response to requests for the D.C. Guard to be quickly sent to help police at the Capitol, and claims the Pentagon inspector general issued a report last month that was “replete with factual inaccuracies,” and he said the Army was trying to rewrite history with a document that’s “worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist.”
Matthews, who now serves in the Army reserves, has publicly called for the inspector general to retract the Jan. 6 report, which he described as “inaccurate” and “sloppy work.”