Brig. Gen. Matthew Trollinger graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and upon graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
In July 2018, Trollinger took command of Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He is the second commanding general of the first command structure of its kind since World War II, where U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and Marine Corps Forces Central Command signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps forces under one structure that can prosecute a single battle concept, strengthen partnership with both naval and special operations forces (SOF) and enhance crisis response operations for U.S. Central Command.
An infantry officer, he has a diverse background in reconnaissance, security forces and SOF, deploying numerous times in support of both routine and emergent requirements. His operating forces assignments include: Commanding officer for 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion and 1st Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company. He also served as Marine Special Operations Command G3/G5; operations officer for the 24th MEU and the Battalion Landing Team 1/8, 22nd MEU. He also served as a rifle and weapons company commander with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, as well as a platoon commander in both reconnaissance and infantry units in the 1st Marine Division.
His supporting establishment assignments include: Assistant officer in charge, and officer in charge of the Amphibious Reconnaissance Course in Coronado, California; duty at the Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command and as a military assistant to the deputy undersecretary of the Navy (Policy). He most recently was the director of operations within Plans, Policies and Operations at Headquarters Marine Corps where he oversaw global force management, operating forces and institutional readiness as well as advocacy for SOF, the Ground Combat Element and MEUs.
He had the unique opportunity to grow professionally as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellows with the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as by attending Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.