Commanding Officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
Colonel Matthew C. Danner

Colonel Matthew C. Danner is a native of Yuma, Arizona. The son of a Marine aviator, he lived in various places throughout his childhood.
Danner enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995, was trained as a mortarman (0341), and served with 2d Bn, 2d Marines.

In 1999, Danner was commissioned as a 2ndLt in the Marine Corps. Upon completion of infantry officer training, he was assigned to 3d Bn, 4th Marines. He served as a rifle platoon commander, weapons platoon commander, 81mm platoon commander, and company executive officer, and his tour included one UDP deployment and two deployments in support of OIR.

In late 2004, Danner was assigned as an instructor at The Basic School, where he taught at the Infantry Officer Course.

Danner was next assigned to the resident Expeditionary Warfare School course in 2007. Upon graduation, he was assigned to 1st Bn, 5th Marines, where he served as a Weapons Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer. His tour with 1/5 included two deployments in support of OEF.

In 2011, Danner attended the Naval Command and Staff resident course at Newport, Rhode Island, where he also received a supplementary MOS of 0505 through the MAWS program.

Danner's next assignment was to MARCENT, where he served as a planner in G5 from 2013 through 2016.

Next, Danner was assigned as the Operations Officer for 1st Marines. He served in the regimental headquarters until May 2017, when he assumed command of 3d Bn, 1st Marines. He commanded the BLT through May 2019 and deployed with the 13th MEU.

In 2019, Danner attended the US Army War College. Upon graduation, he was assigned to USAFRICOM J5, where he served as the Deputy Division Chief for J57 (Strategy and Plans).