LT COL Matt "Fuego" Tuzel


Lieutenant Colonel Matthew “Fuego” Tuzel, representing the US Air Force, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2019–20 at the Hoover Institution.

Colonel Tuzel commanded an F‐16 training squadron at Luke AFB, Arizona. Prior to his assignment in Arizona, he served as a plans officer in Korea. He also served as an operational test pilot at Nellis AFB, Nevada and as a fighter pilot in Korea and Germany, and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

He earned his undergraduate degree in history from the US Air Force Academy. He holds graduate degrees in history from Kansas State University in operational studies from the Marine Corps University.

As a fellow at Hoover, he will focus his research on national security affairs.

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Analysis and Commentary

Social Media Suicide

by LT COL Matt "Fuego" Tuzelvia Real Clear Defense
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Young people in America are losing their lives to suicide at an alarming rate. It also seems that tech companies like Facebook may have unwittingly enabled this disturbing trend. It is clear that tech companies and the rest of the country need to do more to help curb the suicide epidemic, but there are important questions about where to start and how to integrate tech companies, healthcare providers, and the government agencies that provide regulation. 

Analysis and CommentaryNational Security

Making The Case For Increased US Basing In The Pacific

by LT COL Matt "Fuego" Tuzelvia The Diplomat
Thursday, November 28, 2019

The U.S. should look to establish hub and spoke base networks in the Marianas Islands, Palau, and eventually the Philippines.