Colonel Angela Manos assumed command of the U.S. Army Garrison in a Fort McPherson ceremony held June 25, 2003 - the first woman to command the Garrison. A native of Houston, Texas, Colonel Manos was commissioned through the Officers' Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia in 1981 after serving 30 months as an enlisted soldier.
Manos, 49, said in a press interview she is more proud that she rose through the enlisted ranks, serving a 30-month hitch before earning a commission through the Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning.
"I think it's made me a better leader having gone through that experience," the Houston native said.
Only 9 percent of Army officers -- and 6 percent of women -- take the OCS route. The others enter through graduatation from ROTC programs or the military academies.
The Colonel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from American Technological University, a Master of Military Art and Science from the Command and General Staff College, a Master of Science in National Resources Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Kansas.
Colonel Manos has served in various command and staff positions to include: Platoon Leader, 410th MP Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Brigade, Fort Hood, TX; III Corps Crime Prevention Officer, Fort Hood, TX; Platoon Leader, 272nd MP Company and Adjutant, 95th MP Battalion, Mannheim, Germany; Commander, 66th MP Company, 95th MP Battalion; Chief, Illegal Drugs Branch and Chief, Analysis and Studies Branch, Intelligence and Analysis Division, United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Belvoir, VA; Army Fellow for the Office of the Secretary Defense, Pentagon; Operations Officer and Executive Officer, Combined Arms Command and Fort Leavenworth, Executive Services, Fort Leavenworth, KS; Women in the Army Action Officer, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel Strategic Planner for the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army; Executive Officer and Deputy Division Provost Marshal, 10th MP Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (L), Fort Drum, NY; Assistant Executive Officer and Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, The Pentagon, Washington, DC; Battalion Commander, 519th MP Battalion, Fort Polk, LA; Senior Operations Officer/Current Operations Officer/Single Integrated Operational Plan Advisor, The Joint Staff, J-3 Operations Directorate, The National Military Command Center, The Pentagon, Washington, DC.
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