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Colonel Matthew P. Benivegna is the Deputy Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Air Force Material Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.  In this position he assists the director in leading a 1,900-person primary subordinate unit responsible for providing responsive, flexible full-spectrum installation engineering services.  AFCEC’s missions include facility investment planning, design and construction, operation’s support, real property management, energy support, environmental compliance and restoration, and readiness and emergency management.  The unit conducts its missions at more than 75 locations worldwide. 

Col Benivegna entered the Air Force in June of 1993 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.  As a career Civil Engineer, he held several base, MAJCOM, and Air Staff-level positions.  His base-level experience included assignments in the Environmental, Maintenance Engineering, Operations, and Resources Flights.  

Prior to commanding the Mission Support Group at McConnell AFB, he commanded the 87th Civil Engineer Squadron, at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ which received the distinction as the best Civil Engineer Squadron in the Air Force 2013.  He also commanded the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.  He was assigned to the Air Staff (Pentagon) as the Chief of the Force Enabler Programs Branch with responsibility for the development and management of the Non-appropriated Funds, Defense Access Roads, Defense Logistics and Fuels, P-341 – Unspecified Minor Construction, and Temporary Facilities Programs.  

While at HQ USAFE he was responsible for the O&M and base sustainment programs and later worked all deployment and readiness issues for the Civil Engineer, Contracting, Security Forces, and Services personnel within the Command.  When assigned to the 819 RED HORSE Squadron, he completed several troop training projects that culminated with a deployment to Oman where his team completely re-built an airfield in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Col. Benivegna deployed six times to various locations within the AOR.

1993 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, CO
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2003 Master of Science, Human Resource Management & Personnel Administration, Troy State University, AL
2005 Air Command & Staff College, Correspondence
2007 Intermediate Developmental Education, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA
2007 Master of Arts, Homeland Security & Homeland Defense, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA
2007 Joint Professional Military Education PHI; Naval Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2008 Air War College, Correspondence
2015 Senior Developmental Education, United States Army War College, Carlisle PA
2015 Master of Strategic Studies, United States Army War College, Carlisle PA
2015 Joint Professional Military Education PHII; United States Army War College, Carlisle PA

1. Jun 1993 - Jun 1994, Underground Storage Tank Program Manager, March AFB, CA
2. Jul 1994 - May 1995, Air Quality Engineer, March AFB, CA 
3. Jun 1995 - Mar 1996, Chief, Operations Flight, March AFB, CA
4. Apr 1996 - Dec 1996, Housing & MILCON Construction Team Chief, Mountain Home AFB, ID
5. Jan 1997 - Jul 1998, Chief, Maintenance Engineering, Mountain Home AFB, ID
6. Aug 1998 - Aug 1999, Operations and Resource Flight Commander, Keflavik AS, Iceland
7. Sep 1999 - Nov 1999, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
8. Dec 1999 - Jun 2001, Civil Project Manager, 819 RED HORSE Sq, Malmstrom AFB, MT
9. Jul 2001 - Jun 2003, Chief, Engineering Flight, 819 RED HORSE Sq, Malmstrom AFB, MT
10. Jul 2003 - Jun 2004, Chief, Central Region O&M Programs, HQ USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany
11. Jul 2004 - Jun 2005, Chief, Operations & Maintenance Programs, HQ USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany
12. Jul 2005 - Aug 2006, Chief, Readiness Operations Branch, HQ USAFE, Ramstein AB Germany
13. Sep 2006 - Dec 2007, Intermediate Developmental Education, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
14. Jan 2008 - Apr 2009, MILCON Program Manager, Pentagon, Washington, DC
15. May 2009 - Jul 2010, Chief, Force Enabler Programs Branch, Pentagon, Washington, DC
16. Aug 2010 - Jun 2012, Commander, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron, Shaw AFB, SC
17. Jul 2012 – Jun 2014, Commander, 87th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
18. Jun 2014 – Jun 2015, Student, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
19. Jul 2015 – Jul 2017, Commander, 22nd Mission Support Group, McConnell AFB
20. Jul 2017 – Present, Deputy Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (1 OLC)
Air Force Achievement Medal (1 OLC)
National Defense Service Medal (1 OLC)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Medal

Second Lieutenant 2 Jun 1993
First Lieutenant 2 Jun 1995
Captain 2 Jun 1997
Major 1 Oct 2003 
Lieutenant Colonel 1 Oct 2008 

Colonel 1 Feb 2015

(Current as of August 2017)