In 2008, LT Mata was activated with the 236th MP CO, deployed to Iraq and served as the Executive Officer for his Company that was responsible for the training and mentoring of all Iraqi Police in the Cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
LT Mata retuned from his tour of duty in 2009 and was nominated by his peers as the UTPA PD Officer of the Year.
In 2011, LT Mata became a member of the UT System Rapid Response Team. LT Mata is currently serving as the Asst. Team Leader of the Rio Grande Valley Squad. He has since been deployed to several real world deployments throughout the State to include a multi-agency rescue operation that freed several underage females that were being sexually assaulted and were destined to enter the sex trafficking trade.
In summer of 2012, LT Mata was activated with Joint Task Force 136, deployed to Afghanistan and served as a member of the Police Advisory Team that trained and mentored more than 3,500 Afghan Uniformed Police in the City of Kabul with a population of over 6 million people.
LT Mata holds a Master Peace Officer License, Basic SWAT Certification, Interview and Interrogation Certification, Instructor Certification, Criminal Investigator Course, Crime Scene Investigation Course, Internal Affairs, and FBI LEEDA Supervisor’s course.
LT Mata’s military awards include: (2)Bronze Star Medals (Iraq/Afghanistan); Iraq Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award); Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award); Army Reserve Component Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Lt. Mata currently serves as a Captain in the Texas Army National Guard and is assigned to Joint Task Force 136, the Homeland Response Force for FEMA Region 6. Their mission is providing the initial military assets in the event of a terrorist attack on other catastrophic event.