Lieutenant Colonel Christopher G. Manganaro assumed command of the Army Field Support Battalion-Charleston July 2021.
LTC Manganaro was commissioned in 2004 as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Hofstra
University, Hempstead, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Upon completion of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the Group Support Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served as the support platoon leader, company executive officer and support operations plans officer during three combat deployments to Afghanistan in support of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. He then attended the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course and was assigned to the 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, where he served as a brigade plans officer and then company commander of the 514th Support Maintenance Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. After relinquishing command in January 2012, he was assigned to Georgetown University to complete his master’s degree as part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Internship Program. Upon graduation, he served as the J5 plans officer (Horn of Africa) and then Army G4 staff officer until June 2015. He was then assigned to the 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, as the brigade S4, BSB executive officer, and BSB support operations officer. Following his time at Fort Carson, he was assigned to the Surface Deployment Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and served as the G3 operations officer and G5 plans officer. He was then selected to serve as the professor of military science at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, until June 2021.
He holds a master’s degree in policy management from the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University. His program of study focused on U.S. National Security with an emphasis on port security and homeland security defense.
His awards and decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, one Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
He is married and has three children.