Local attorney and Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, Matt Dreesen recently graduated from the prestigious U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Penn., joining the ranks of Army War College graduates Eisenhower, Bradley and Schwarzkopf.
Local attorney and Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, Matt Dreesen recently graduated from the prestigious U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Penn., joining the ranks of Army War College graduates Eisenhower, Bradley and Schwarzkopf.
“It is an honor to share this association with these great American heroes,” Dreesen says. “It is also an honor to have had my nominee, State Rep. Steve Lynch, be selected to attend the Commandant’s National Security Program.”
It’s also a first for Pulaski County.
Dreesen, working in the law office of David M. Lowe Attorney at Law Firm in Waynesville, is believed to be the first local businessman from Pulaski County selected for the two-year distance program and the first non-active duty soldier in Pulaski County to have his nominee -- a state representative -- be selected from hundreds to attend the annual Commandant’s National Security Program.
Dreesen graduated from the U.S. Army War College’s Distance Education Class of 2014. He is one of just 368 military officers who completed two years of demanding distance instruction and four weeks of resident instruction at Carlisle -- all on his own time.
“I am grateful for the opportunity and for the support of my wife and sons for these past two years,” Dreesen says. “Valerie juggled a lot of extra duties, allowing me to achieve this long-term goal.”
Dreesen is a member of the Rotary Club of Pulaski County, where he met State Rep. Steve Lynch. Knowing Lynch’s tireless, long-term dedication to Fort Leonard Wood, Dreesen nominated Lynch for the annual Commandant’s National Security Program, which is held annually at the Army War College.
“I was one of just 66 civilians and the only state representative selected to attend the CNSP,” Lynch says. “It was incredible to be beside members of the CIA, Homeland Security, the IRS Criminal Division, CEOs, heads of major international security companies and federal prosecutors. I feel so blessed to have been chosen to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and for Col. Dreesen for nominating me.”
Three days of lectures, small group studies and working beside Dreesen and the other war college’s graduates deepened Lynch’s understanding and appreciation of the challenges the Army is facing, especially the budget cuts. “The world is more dangerous than it ever has been -- with more ‘hot spots’ than ever,” Lynch says. “We have the best Army in the world and people respect it, but it scares me to think of our military doing less with less. That’s why I am grateful for leaders like Col. Dreesen, especially in these times.”
While maintaining his private law practice, Dreesen continues to serve his country as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves JAG Corps and has served in senior Judge Advocate positions as a Legal Operations Detachment Commander and as a Staff Judge Advocate for multi-state military units. Dreesen has also served on the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and Chairman of the Federal Practice committee.
Only those with a high degree of dedication and perseverance are selected for the Army War College. The course expands and broadens an officer’s strategic thinking skills, encourages them to question assumptions, develops their strategic leadership abilities, deepens their tactical and operational focus, expands their open mindedness, explores multiple options and builds their leadership capacities.
“I am so proud of Matt’s sacrifice and dedication to our country in graduating from the U.S. Army War College while serving as a Legal Operations Detachment Commander and maintaining a private law practice. This speaks well not only of Matt, but also of our entire community,” says David M. Lowe, who is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and is currently serving as the State Judge Advocate of the Missouri National Guard.
An attorney since 1993, Dreesen’s practice includes Family Law, Injury Law, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse, Social Security/Disability, Worker’s Compensation, Wrongful Death and Whistleblower Act Cases.
In addition to Lynch, Dreesen was joined with his wife, two sons and Lowe during the graduation ceremony held at Carlisle Barracks, Penn., in late July.