Lieutenant Colonel Riggs is a native of Charleston, West Virginia. He graduated from West Virginia State College in 1997 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April 1998.
Following completion of the Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course, Lieutenant Colonel Riggs was assigned to 3D Battalion, 6th Marines in January 1999. During this tour, he served as a rifle platoon commander, FIST Team Leader, Executive Officer, and Rifle Company Commander. He participated in several MEU (SOC) deployments that executed various exercises and operations in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. One of the operations included Task Force 58 during the initial invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
In July 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Riggs was assigned to Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. During this tour, he served as the Field Training and Field Firing Platoon Commander.
After Parris Island, Lieutenant Colonel Riggs attended the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was then assigned to 2D Battalion, 7th Marines in April 2005. He would serve as a rifle company commander for company “E” thirty-two months. This included combat Deployments to the Fallujah Area of Operations in 2005 and 2007.
In January 2008, he would be assigned to Inspector and Instructor duty with 2D Battalion, 25th Marines. Lieutenant Colonel Riggs would participate in the training and deployment of 2/25 and 3D Battalion, 25th Marines as part of OIF/OEF deployments. He also would participate in a Theater Security Cooperation Exercise in Mozambique, Africa.
Lieutenant Colonel Riggs would graduate from resident Command and Staff College in 2012 and then be transferred to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). He would serve as the J34 and J35 branch chief and the Director of Operations. Lieutenant Colonel Riggs would be the lead action officer for some of JIEDDO’s most critical engagements to include the Senior Integration Working Group (SIG) with the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
In 2015, he would transfer to Weapons Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. He would serve as the Operations and Executive Officer during this tour.
Lieutenant Colonel Riggs’ personal decorations include the Bronze Star (with combat distinguishing device), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with combat distinguishing device), Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star. He holds a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from Marine Corps University.