Colonel Matthew S. Rettke, M.D
Colonel Matthew S. Rettke is a graduate of Northern Michigan University, with a bachelorís degree in biochemistry. He received his medical degree in 1992 from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas (1992-1995).
His first tour as a staff pediatrician was at Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital, Fort Polk, Louisiana. While stationed at Fort Polk, he deployed as the squadron surgeon for the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during their 10-month tour to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Guard. Upon returning to the States, he was re-assigned to Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia, where he first served as Chief of the Pediatric Service and then as Chief of the Department of Medicine. In April 2002, he deployed to Kuwait with the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division as the Task Force Surgeon for 2/69 Armor Battalion in support of Operation Desert Spring.
His next assignment brought him to Tripler Army Medical Center in July 2002 where he is completed two consecutive overseas tours. At Tripler, he has served as the Chief of the Well Baby Clinic, Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Assistant Chief of the Department of Pediatrics. In April 2004, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 325th Forward Support Battalion, 25th Infantry Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In September 2008, he was selected to serve as the first Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic. His following assignment took him to Honduras where he commanded the Medical Element at Joint Task Force Bravo and served as the Task Force Surgeon. He subsequently rejoined his family in Hawaii where he returned to clinical practice as the Assistant Department Chief of Pediatrics at Tripler Army Medical Center.
Among his awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge and the Combat Medical Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge.
He is a board-certified Pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.