Colonel Michelle (Mitzi) Manning, USMC (Ret.)



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Col. Manning was educated in the District of Columbia and in Wayne, Michigan, graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1965.  She received a masterís degree in guidance and counseling in May 1972 and joined the Marine Corps.

Her first assignment in the Marine Corps was as  squadron adjutant in Station Operations and Engineering Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Quantico, Virginia.  As a 1st Lieutenant, she reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC where she served as a Recruit Training Battalion series officer, company executive officer, and then as the Deputy Director of the Recruit Administrative Center.

Captain Manning reported to the 4th Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion in Fresno, California where she served as the battalion adjutant.  Selected for Major, she next moved to Headquarters Marine Corps where she served as the Graduate Education Coordinator for the Marine Corps.  Following this tour, Major Manning was selected for Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia.

In August 1985, Major Manning reported to the 3rd Marine Corps Division in Okinawa, Japan for duty as the Plans and Personnel Officer, G-1.  Following her tour in Okinawa, Major Manning was sent to Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton as first the air station adjutant, and subsequently as Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, MCAS Camp Pendleton. 

Lieutenant Colonel Manning was transferred to Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic in 1987 where she served first as Force Adjutant and subsequently as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1. Lieutenant Colonel Manning reported to the College of Naval Warfare in August 1990, and graduated with an M.A. in International and Strategic Studies in June 1991.

Assigned once again to Headquarters Marine Corps, she assumed duties as the Head, Plans and Programs, Officer Assignment Branch in the Manpower Department.  Following her selection to Colonel in 1992, she was transferred to Camp Smith, Hawaii to assume duties as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, Marine Forces Pacific.  While serving in this capacity from July 1993 until May 1995, she was selected for command.

On 1 May 1995, Colonel Manning assumed command of the Western Sector, United States Military Entrance Processing Command in Denver, Colorado.  The command consisted of 32 subordinate commands located in 25 states, and was staffed by over 1200 military and civilian workers from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.  From Denver, she reported to the Pentagon to serve as the Secretary of the Joint Staff.  Her two-year tour ended with her retirement in June 1999, culminating 27 years of active service.

Colonel Manning's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Drill Instructor Ribbon.

In October 2000, Colonel Manning was appointed to the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, and served in that capacity for three years.   During the period 2000-2002, she also served as National Chaplain of the Women Marines Association.

Colonel Manning graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. in 2003 with an MA in Theological Studies and an emphasis on pastoral care.  She served her Clinical Pastoral Education time at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the rehabilitation unit, and did her Practice in Ministry internship at Goodwin House West, an Episcopal retirement community. 

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