COL (Ret) Matthew Magness
Matt retired from the US Air Force after 30 years in 2022. During his career he led across various organizations within the USAF from the Squadron to the Center levels. His background included multiple tours in special operations to include commanding the Special Operations and Rescue C-130 flying training squadron and as a Deputy Commander of a Special Operations Group. His experience also includes working in operational test for 9 of his 30 years where he led in the testing of large Air Force programs to include the CV-22, KC-46, F-35, F-22, HH-60W, AT-7, MH-139, various space systems, missile programs, and multiple software business systems. Along with numerous short deployments from his time in special operations, Matt deployed to Afghanistan (2014-2015) as the 9th Air Expeditionary Force Director of Operations where he helped orchestrate daily joint airlift and close air support missions around the theatre. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aircraft Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master’s of Science degree in Military Arts and Science from the US Army’s Command and General Staff College as well as a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the USAF’s Air University. Matt works for Blue Origin where he is the Senior Technical Project Manager on the New Glenn rocket. He also volunteers for Team Rubicon after natural disasters to help communities get back on their feet after being heavily damaged. He resides in Viera, Florida (located just north of Melbourne) with his wife Bethany.