Meet The 1st “Moving Warrior”
Medically separated Senior Airman, Matthew Bilancia was born in Summit New Jersey, November 5, 1979. Matthew is the middle child of three boys. His father has been working in the computer field for over 20 years, while his stepmother worked as an office manager for a greenhouse. Matthew graduated from Pequannock Township High School in 1998 while also receiving a certificate for welding and masonry. He joined the Air Force in late 1999, in part, to continue his education and work on his Bachelor’s degree in business management.
Matthew started his journey with the Air Force March of 2000 when he left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas. Once he completed basic training he was sent to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas to start training to become an Aerospace Propulsions technician for the C-130 aircraft. After completing his training he was sent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.
Matthew worked as Aerospace Propulsions Journeyman for the 355th Component Maintenance Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base “DMAFB”, Tucson AZ, before his injury on July 21, 2002. His primary responsibility in the 355th CMS was trouble shooting and repairing the motors and propellers for multiple C-130 squadrons stationed at DMAFB. He also calibrated test, measurement and diagnostic equipment, and completed maintenance on aircraft accessory systems supporting three flying squadrons comprised of EC-130H combat and training aircraft.
In July 2002, when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a car that was traveling at over 80 mph, Matthew suffered several traumatic injuries, including a shattered right tibia, damage to every ligament in his right knee, and major damage to his right shoulder, left clavicle, hip and pelvis. He also sustained closed head trauma that eventually caused him to become medically separated from the service in 2004. He has sought treatment to repair his injuries through multiple medical facilities including the University Medical Center, Southwest Orthopedic Surgery Specialists and the Veterans Affairs health care system. He has now had 34 surgeries since the accident, all the while proving to everyone that he can overcome anything with the help and support of others, even when doctors said that he would never be able to play sports again.
The thing that Matthew says that he misses the most about his time in the military is the camaraderie that was shared with his fellow service members.
Matthew wants to help others through their road of recovery by sharing his experiences, explaining how he uses sports to help manage his pain from endorphin release instead of medication and also document others through photography and videography of their achievements. Matthew believes that, “By being an inspiration to others it will keep both me and others motivated, then I too can continue in an active recovery of my own injuries.” This philosophy eventually transitioned into how Matthew started doing photography and videography. He began to document his own recovery, along with others that he was close to who had become injured or ill on active duty.
Matthew Bilancia has been taking pictures and doing video public service announcements since early 2009, and has been enjoying every minute of it. He has used the knowledge and experiences that he gained from his time in the Military to create Moving Warriors Media. Moving Warriors Media believes that the core values that were instilled in Matthew Bilancia while in the Air Force is what separates them from other media groups.
“Service Before Self”
“Excellence in All We Do”