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Commanding Officer, 2nd Civil Affairs Group Colonel David V. Ready
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Colonel Ready is a native of Still River, MA and was schooled there and at boarding school in Kent, CT. He graduated from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland with a Bachelor’s degree in History in 1992. In October 1992, then-candidate Ready attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in December of 1992. 2ndLt Ready then reported to The Basic School in Quantico, VA, graduating in 1993. After completing TBS, 2ndLt Ready reported to the Basic Communications Officers Course and graduated in 1994.

In May of 1994, 2ndLt Ready reported to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Twentynine Palms, CA and served as the Battalion Communications Officer from 1994 to 1996. While there, he was promoted to First Lieutenant. 1stLt Ready was transferred from Active Duty to the Marine Corps Reserve in July of 1996, when he reported to 4th Low Air Altitude Air Defense Battalion in Pasadena, CA where he served as the Battalion Communications Officer and Battery Executive Officer. In January of 1997, he was promoted to Captain. Moving back to the east coast to attend graduate school in August 1997, Captain Ready assumed duties as the Communications Platoon Commander with the 25th Marine Regiment in Worcester, MA. In October of 1998, Captain Ready assumed command of Headquarters Company, 6th Communications Battalion in Brooklyn, NY.

Graduating from Yale University with a Master’s degree in May of 1999, Captain Ready moved to Washington, D.C. where he was appointed as the Communications Officer, 4th Civil Affairs Group. During this tour, Captain Ready completed the Civil Affairs Officers Advanced Course at the JFK School of Special Warfare in Fort Bragg, NC, wherein he was the Distinguished Honor Graduate with highest marks yet awarded. While with 4th Civil Affairs Group, Captain Ready deployed to Kosovo from December 2000 until May 2001 and served as the Economic Development Officer and Civil Affairs Team Officer-In-Charge and was named Junior Officer of the Year. In November 2001, he was recalled to active duty again and then assigned as Civil Affairs and Information Operations Officer, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) (Anti-Terrorist) in Camp Lejeune, a billet he held until September 2002. He returned to a reserve drilling status and in January of 2003, he was promoted to Major and re-assumed command of Headquarters Company, 6th Communication Battalion.

Recalled to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Major Ready led his company during their deployment to Kuwait and Iraq from February until October 2003. He was the Battalion Remain Behind Echelon OIC from August to October 2003, supervising 150 Marines from four different companies operating across southern Iraq and Kuwait. Demobilized in December of 2003, Major Ready then assumed duties as Communications Officer, 4th Medical Battalion in Washington, DC in April of 2004. Following this tour in April of 2006, Major Ready assumed duties as the Regimental Communications Officer for the 25th Marine Regiment in Fort Devens, MA. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in July 2008. From September of 2008 until July of 2009, he served in the additional billet of Instructor at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Canada.

In August of 2009, LtCol Ready assumed command of Marine Air Control Squadron 23. After finishing this command tour in 2011, LtCol Ready attended the resident Naval War College for one year. He represented the Marine Corps as part of the Naval Command College, a select program designed to introduce foreign officers to the United States and its democratic, social, and economic traditions. He has thereby developed close personal relations with numerous senior naval officers from around the world. Subsequently, he deployed to Afghanistan as part of the 4th (later 2nd) Civil Affairs Group detachment and served as the Executive Assessments Officer and provided the Commanding General assessments on how the Security Force Assistance mission was proceeding. During this period, he was selected for early promotion to the rank of colonel. He demobilized in June of 2014 and shortly thereafter, served on the faculty of the National Defense University’s Center for Applied Strategic Learning where he instructed top level students in aspects of national security and wargaming. In 2016, Col Ready assumed the post of G-3/5 Exercise Officer at MARFOREURAF in Stuttgart, Germany where he supported the planning and execution of Security Force Assistance operations in Georgia, Benin, and Togo and conducted assessments of Security Force Assistance in several other African countries.

He is a graduate of the USMC Amphibious Warfare and Command and Staff course, the Canadian Forces Joint Command and Staff Program (Distinguished Graduate), the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education Program, the Naval War College and numerous other military courses and schools. He holds one Master’s degree in History from Trinity College Dublin, another in Strategy from Yale University, and a third in National Security Studies from the Naval War College.

His personal decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. In civilian life, he is a diplomat. His hobbies include reading history, classics, studying languages and writing, going to museums, outdoor activities, and athletics. He speaks passable German and Pashto and is developing his fluency in Spanish.

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