U.S. Army Major Matt Brady (Ret) is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was ranked #1 of 940 cadets in leadership for 7 consecutive semesters and graduated in the top 5% of his class overall. While serving in the Army on active duty, Matt flew over 2,000 hours in the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior (Reconnaissance), MH-47D, and MH-47G Chinook helicopters (Army Special Operations). A seasoned combat veteran, he has deployed 12 times to both Iraq and Afghanistan and commanded forces during multiple high stakes/pressure conflicts including the 3rd Infantry Division charge to Baghdad in 2003 and “Operation REDWINGs,” the tragic SEAL mission depicted in the movie “Lone Survivor.” For these and other actions still classified, Matt was twice awarded the Air Medal with “V” for individual heroism in both theaters of war and the Bronze Star Medal from General Stanley McChrystal, then the commanding general of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command.

Matt has been recognized numerous times for his outstanding leadership. He’s an honor graduate of the Army’s aviation officer course, OH-58D and MH-47 advanced aircraft course, the Infantry officer career course, and the storied Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Based on his performance, he was 1 of 3 Army officers selected to attend the U.S. Air Forces’ elite School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Earning a Master of Philosophy degree in Military Strategy.

In 2012, Matt was selected as 1 of 4 Army Majors out of 10,000 to directly advise the CSA of the Army (CEO) on emerging warfighting technologies and strategic capabilities required to prevail in future conflicts. Furthering his development as a military strategist, he was then selected to attend Harvard Business School as the only active duty military member of his class, graduating in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Since HBS, Matt has served as a strategic advisor to the Co-Founder and CPO of Airbnb and project leader in the company’s internal innovation lab and retired from the U.S. Army after two decades of service to the Nation.