Taylor Harpe Rick Mattson retired as a Major General in following a year career as an aviator, diplomat, and leader in the U. Mattson and his family reside in Tampa, Florida, but he has not forgotten his Battle Ground roots or the influences that guided him to a successful career, and that was his message to the cadets.
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Mattson also had a surprise in store for cadet Harpe at the Military Dining-in event. Embassy, Kuwait City, Kuwait, as a brigadier general 4. Embassy, Kuwait City, Kuwait Air Force, Washington, D. The general is a command pilot with more than 2, hours in the F-4, F-5, F and A fighter and attack aircraft.
While he practiced with the matton team, Mattson also had a surprise reunion with his former rifle coach and year veteran of Battle Ground School district, Jim Storey. He is the kind of leader that makes you feel like anything is possible when you put your mind to it.
Before Mattson began his distinguished military career, he was a swimmer, choir member, and shooter on the small-bore rifle team at Battle Ground High School. In this capacity, he coordinates U.
When he retired inMaj. He was excited to see such a program at his alma mater, spurring him to reach out to Lt.
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When Gen. Additionally, he has conducted numerous outside-the-wire ground missions in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of counter improvised explosive device and nation building operations as part of the t Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, Task Force Paladin and t Expeditionary Task Airmen.
Mattson was commissioned through the ROTC at Pacific Lutheran University, and would go on to qualify as a freefall parachutist, accumulate 2, flight hours piloting four different fighter aircraft, and conduct numerous special missions in Iraq mattspn Afghanistan in support of various task forces.