CORTLANDT – New York Army National Guard Col. Matthew Liepke, an Oswego resident and a partner in Port City family medicine practice, assumed command of the National Guard Medical Command from the New York Army, during a ceremony at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill on Saturday, July 17.
Liepke replaces Col. Richard Green, a resident of Schuylerville who led the command since 2014. The New York Army National Guard Medical Command oversees medical operations and health issues for the 10,500 members of the New York Army National Guard across the ‘State.
Liepke previously served as a divisional surgeon for the 42nd Infantry Division when deployed to Kuwait and the Middle East in 2020. During that deployment, he served as the Army’s COVID-19 response chief medical officer. American in six countries and 14 bases.
Liepke has served in the Army Reserve and the New York Army National Guard since 1992.
He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1992 as a member of Charlie Company of the 479th Engineer Battalion and served as a combat engineer. He served 11 years as an enlisted soldier before earning a Captain’s Commission in the Individual Reserve Ready in 2003.
He transferred to the New York Army National Guard in 2005 and served as a brigade surgeon for the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and a surgeon assigned to the 466th Area Medical Support Company, and in various roles with the Medical Command .
He was deployed to Iraq with the 466th Area Support Medical Company in 2007 and to Afghanistan with the 402nd Military Police Battalion in 2011.
Liepke served as the New York Army National Guard’s state surgeon from 2016 to 2019.
Liepke graduated from Clarkson University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Quinnipiac University. He studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University and completed his internship in internal medicine and pediatrics at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio.
He is a diplomat of the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
He graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College.
In addition to being a partner in his medical practice, Liepke has privileges at Oswego Hospital and is the Director of the Newborn Nursery and a past President and Vice President of Oswego Medical Staff.
Its military awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Development Ribbon professional non-commissioned officers, the NATO Medal and the 4 Overseas Service Ribbon.
He and his wife, Dr Christina Liepke, have two sons. Matthew Jr. is a senior at Ember Riddle Aeronautical University and Samuel is a freshman at the Rochester Institute of Technology.