Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mike Manning is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Providence College's ROTC Class of 1997. LTC Manning's first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, forward deployed to the Republic of Germany. In June 1999, he deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian II. While in Kosovo, LTC Manning was reassigned to E Troop, 4th US Cavalry as a Brigade Reconnaissance Troop Leader for Task Force Falcon.
In February of 2002, after joining the Rhode Island Army National Guard, he was appointed Commander of the 173rd Infantry Detachment Long Range Surveillance. The 173rd LRS was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III in July of 2004 through November 2005. LTC Manning deployed with Special Operations Detachment Global (SOD-G) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Caribbean and Central America in 2008 through 2009 assigned to Special Operations Command South. While there, he served as the Deputy Chief for the Regional Engagement Branch responsible for the Caribbean and Central America.
In 2010, he graduated with Distinction from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the U.S. Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. In 2013, LTC Manning mobilized and deployed once again with the SOD-G where he served in the capacity of Senior Special Operations Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. LTC Manning has also served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Providence College, State Partnership Program Coordinator, Legislative Liaison, Operations Officer for Special Operations Detachment Global, Secretary of the General Staff and presently serves as the Commander of the RI Army National Guard’s Recruiting & Retention Battalion.
In 2007, LTC Manning was recognized by Providence Business News as one of their “40 Under Forty” honorees; this award recognizes young members of the state’s business and nonprofit communities for career success, community involvement and a commitment to making a difference within the state and local communities. In 2008, LTC Manning received an honorary doctorate from his Alma Mater, Providence College, and presented the commencement address to the Providence College Class of 2008. LTC Manning is a former Peer-to-Peer Committee Chairperson for the Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island and Board Member for the Providence College Alumni Board. He previously served as the Head Coach for the Wickford Middle School Girls Soccer Team and as a longstanding coach with the Ocean State Soccer Club in North Kingstown, RI. LTC Manning, a former member of the Track team at Providence College, continues his life-long love of running and served as a member of the Rhode Island National Guard Marathon Team. LTC Manning resides in North Kingstown with his wife Meg and their three beautiful children, Michael, Jack, and Shannon.