Matt Barry graduated in 2008 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. In addition to the normal requirements at West Point Mr. Barry completed Airborne School and achieved the Gold German Proficiency Badge. Mr. Barry ultimately graduated in the top 60 of his over 800 person class. Mr. Barry was also awarded the Major General John D. Altenburg Jr. Award for outstanding achievement in law, awarded annually to the graduating cadet with the highest GPA in the Law and Legal Studies major. Because of his success Mr. Barry had his choice of Army branch and location. Mr. Barry chose to be a Military Intelligence Officer at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
After Graduation Mr. Barry attended the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course. Mr. Barry graduated this course in 2009 as the Valedictorian. Soon after, he reported to Alpha Company, 14th Military Intelligence Battalion. Alpha Company’s sole mission was to conduct interrogations. Mr. Barry was assigned as the Executive Officer and deployed in this capacity from 2009-2010.
Upon redeployment, Mr. Barry served as a platoon leader and then as the Assistant Operations Officer. Mr. Barry was promoted to Captain in the summer of 2011 and almost immediately took Command of Alpha Company. A month after taking Command Mr. Barry deployed as the Company Commander to Bagram, Afghanistan.
Mr. Barry’s Company excelled on the deployment, out-performing all expectations. Because of the success of the Company, the high morale within it, and his outstanding performance, he was rated by his Battalion Commander not only as the top Captain in the Battalion, but as the top Officer in his Battalion overall. Additionally, Mr. Barry was awarded the LTC Arthur D. Nicholson Award by the National Military Intelligence Foundation, given to one Officer a year for extraordinary performance in the field of Human Intelligence. Mr. Barry also received the Knowlton Award by the Military Intelligence Corps Association for significant contributions in the field of Military Intelligence. Finally, Mr. Barry was awarded a Bronze Star before redeploying.
While deployed, Mr. Barry was one of 20 officers Army wide chosen to participate in the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. As part of this program, the Army paid for Mr. Barry to go to law school and then would allow him to transfer to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Mr. Barry was admitted to the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, a top 15 law school.
Mr. Barry continued his excellence at The University of Texas graduating near the top of his class and with Honors in 2015. Mr. Barry then attended and graduated from the Judge Advocate General Corp’s Officer basic course, ranking towards the top of his class.
Mr. Barry chose to be assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Mr. Barry chose this assignment because it was one of the busiest legal jurisdictions in the Army. Mr. Barry first served as a Legal Assistance Attorney and quickly learned his passion for assisting Soldiers with legal matters. In this role, Mr. Barry helped Soldiers reply to and appeal letters of reprimand, financial loss investigations, and evaluations. Mr. Barry also assisted Soldiers with various personal/family legal matters. Mr. Barry excelled in this position achieving numerous victories for his clients.
Mr. Barry was then assigned as a Trial Counsel (prosecutor) for the 101st Airborne Division. Mr. Barry only did this job for 10 months, which is about 1 year and two months shorter than average. Mr. Barry volunteered to leave this position because his true passion was to Defend Soldiers, not prosecute them. Mr. Barry was immediately transferred to Trial Defense Services. For over two years, Mr. Barry represented Soldiers at Courts-Martial, Separation Boards, Boards of Inquiry, Article 15s, Article 15 appeals, and during investigations. Mr. Barry got numerous clients acquitted at Courts-Martial, retained at Separation Boards/Boards of inquiry, found not guilty at Article 15s, and exonerated during and after investigations.
Because of his success and otherwise impressive career, Mr. Barry was promoted to the rank of Major in April of 2019. Mr. Barry retired soon after at the rank of Major. Mr. Barry now pursues his passion, which is to represent Servicemembers when they are accused of crimes, misconduct, negligence, etc.