Col. Ricardo Miagany
Commanding Officer, 11th Marine Regiment
Ricardo Miagany was born in Stamford, CT in 1972 as the son of South American immigrants from Paraguay and Ecuador. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant from the US Naval Academy in May 1994 and then attended The Basic School in Quantico, VA and Field Artillery Officers Basic Course in Fort Sill, OK.
2ndLt Miagany was stationed in Okinawa, Japan from September 1995 to 1998, assigned to Battery L, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines; the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; HQ Battery, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines. His billets included Forward Observer, Target Info Officer, Assistant Executive Officer(XO)/Platoon Commander, Battery XO, Battalion Fire Direction Officer & Assistant Battalion S-3 Officer. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in July 1996 and to Captain in August 1998. From October 1998 - 2000, Captain Miagany was stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC as Series Commander, H Company, Second Recruit Training Battalion; and as Commanding Officer (CO), Instructional Training Company, Support Battalion.
He returned to Fort Sill in 2001 to attend the Field Artillery Captains Career Course. In June, he reported to 10th Marines in Camp Lejeune, NC where he commanded Battery S, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines until June 2002. He then served as Aide-de-Camp to the CG of 2d Marine Division. He deployed in support of (ISO) Operation ENDURING FREEDOM for the standup of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Djibouti. Captain Miagany finished his tour as the Battalion S-4 Officer for 5th Battalion, 10th Marines from August 2003 - 2004. From February 2004 to June 2007, he was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in 29 Palms, CA. He served as Fire Support Representative (Coyote 22) at the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group. He deployed as an augment ISO Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and worked with Iraqi Security Forces for 1st Marine Division in Al-Anbar Province, Iraq. He was promoted in theater to rank of Major in July 2004. On return, he served as lead fire support instructor – Coyote 22.
In July 2007, Maj Miagany reported to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL to attend Air Command & Staff College where he received a Masters of Military Operational Art & Science. From July 2008 to June 2010, he served as the Crisis Action Team XO, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/ US Forces Korea. Upon selection for command, he was frocked to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. From July 2010 to May 2012, LtCol Miagany served as the CO of 3d Battalion, 12th Marines in Okinawa, Japan. 3/12 completed nine off island live fire training exercises and eight UDP firing battery rotations ISO 3d Marine Division readiness and III MEF Theater Security Cooperation efforts.
In June 2013, LtCol Miagany graduated from the College of Naval Warfare, U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI receiving a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies. In July, he reported to Programs & Resources, HQMC at the Pentagon and served as a resource strategy analyst with the Program Analysis & Evaluation branch. After 18 months, LtCol Miagany was selected to fill an augment with Combined Force Land Component Command – Iraq in Baghdad, Iraq from November 2014 to May 2015. During deployment, he served as the primary FUOPS and PLANS advisor to the senior most members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) Combined Joint Operations Command HQ operational planning team. LtCol Miagany received orders to Naples, Italy. He joined Allied Joint Forces Command Naples in July 2015 as an exercise planner and assumed a lead planning role in the HQ’s certification exercise (TRIDENT JUNCTURE 16) and its follow-on NATO Response Force event (TRIDENT JOUST 17). In December 2015, he was selected for promotion to Colonel. In June 2016, he transferred to US Naval Forces Europe/Africa and US Sixth Fleet for duty as Director N35 FUOPS and as Fleet Marine Officer.
His decorations are: the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.