Matthew St. Clair was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1989 and subsequently trained as an infantry officer.
Over the course of his nearly 30-year career he commanded several of the Marine Corps’ most dynamic and complex units such as an Infantry Battalion Landing Team (BLT 3/8), a Marine Air Ground Task Force (26th Marine Expeditionary Unit), the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force (GCEITF), and one of the Marine Corps’ Recruit Training Regiments. He also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; with his last tour as the Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot / Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, South Carolina. Matt completed numerous operational deployments to include combat tours in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Matt earned two Masters’ Degrees; one in Strategic Studies, and one in Air Power Art and Science.
Matt retired from active duty in 2018 as a colonel and entered public service with the city of Beaufort, South Carolina. He joined the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs in December of 2020.