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Jonathan Riggs
Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Riggs is the 2019-2020 Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the MIT Security Studies Program.  Commissioned in April 1998 as an infantry officer, Lieutenant Colonel Riggs has held command positions at the platoon, company, and battalion level.  During these periods, he deployed operationally with the 6th and 7th Marine Regiments in support of the Global War on Terrorism, twice with the operating forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and once for Operation Enduring Freedom.  Lieutenant Colonel Riggs’ staff assignment includes the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). This tour included working in the J34, J35, and the Senior Integration Group (SIG) with the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Lieutenant Colonel Riggs’ formal military education includes attendance at The Basic School, the Infantry Officers Course, the U.S. Army Field Artillery Captain's Career Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. Lieutenant Colonel Riggs holds a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps University.