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Colonel Manuel F. Ramirez

Garrison Commander

 

Col. Manuel F. Ramirez received a commission as a military officer in 1998 through Jacksonville State University’s ROTC program while earning a master’s degree in Biology. As part of the Army’s Branch Detailing program, he initially served as a chemical officer and in 2002 became a military intelligence officer.

Ramirez served in a variety of tactical command and staff assignments at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Fort Hood, Texas. While stationed in Hawaii, he deployed to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt as part of the Multi-National Force and Observers mission. Later while stationed in Texas, he deployed twice to combat operations. In 2003, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 as a targeting officer and intelligence planner. In 2005, he again deployed and commanded the Headquarters Service Company of the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.   

In 2008, Ramirez attended the Air Force Command and Staff College in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The next year, the Army selected him to attend the Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies where he focused on advanced military studies and military strategy. Upon completion of the program, he deployed for a year-long combat tour in Iraq as an intelligence planner in the United States Forces-Iraq’s Intelligence Directorate (J2) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  In 2011, Ramirez significantly broadened his intelligence experiences with the National Intelligence Community and began to work for the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland in the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade. He also enabled national intelligence capabilities and tactical collection support to military operations to joint and coalition partners during his tour as a detachment commander in a remote technical site in Alice Springs, Australia. Upon his return to the United States, he commanded the 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, directly supporting the National Security Agency and routinely partnered with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office at Buckley Garrison in Aurora, Colorado.  In 2019, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. 

Ramirez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Auburn University, a Master of Science degree in Biology from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Force Command and Staff College, a Master of Airpower Arts and Science from the Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, a Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland Global Campus, as well as a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Ramirez comes to Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield from Washington D.C. where he was the Director for the U.S. Army G-2’s Foreign Intelligence Directorate.