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Major Alfred B. Ruggles
Communications Company

Major Alfred B. Ruggles is a native of Fontana, California.  Following September 11, 2001, he enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantryman.  After reporting to 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, he served as a Company Radio Operator in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF), squad leader in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), and squad leader for a deployment with 26th MEU.  He meritoriously earned the ranks of Private First Class and Sergeant and honorably discharged in December, 2005 to attend college.

Major Ruggles graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of North Carolina – Wilmington in 2008 with an A.A. and B.A. degree in History.  In 2009, he commissioned, completed TBS, earned meritorious career designation, and completed the Basic Communications Officer Course where he earned the military occupational specialty of Communications Officer.

In 2010, Second Lieutenant Ruggles reported to Communications Company, 2d Marine Division where he served as the Multi-Channel Radio Platoon Commander for six months before reporting to 2d Battalion, 2d Marines to serve as the S-6.  During his tour with 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, he deployed with 22nd MEU in support of OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR from March 2011 to February 2012.  Following this deployment, First Lieutenant Ruggles reported to Recruiting Station Nashville. 

At Recruiting Station Nashville, Captain Ruggles served as the Operations Officer for two years and Executive Officer for one year, meeting and surpassing all mission requirements.  From June 2016 to May 2017, Captain Ruggles attended Expeditionary Warfare School and earned a M.A. degree in Leadership Studies from Marshall University, with honors. 

Following EWS, he served as Bravo Company Commander at 9th Communication Battalion from 2017-2019, leading a company reinforced to serve as I MEB communications company during Native Fury 2018 in the UAE.  Upon return, his company served as the battalion’s main effort to support I MEF COC Operations.  He completed Command and Staff Distance Education Program in May, 2019. 

From 2019-2021 he served as the Assistant for Enlisted Recruiting (AER) at 12th Marine Corps Recruiting District as well as the Headquarters Company Commander from 2020-2021.  He completed Marine Corps Command and Staff College as a Distinguished Graduate in June 2022.  Following CSC, he served as a Future Operations Officer and Cybersecurity Section OIC, establishing the section as a new branch at Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group (MCCOG) from 2022-2023.  He currently serves as the Inspector-Instructor, Communications Company, CLR-45.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3x), and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2x).