Lieutenant Colonel Sargis Sangari was born and raised in Rezaiyeh (Urmia), Iran. He immigrated to the United States in 1980 at age ten after the Iranian Revolution. LTC Sangari received a two-year Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship and began his Army service in 1994 after graduating from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, earning a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and receiving a commission in the Infantry. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault), Camp Greaves and Camp Giant Korea, where he served as a two-time Rifle Platoon Leader. Upon his departure from Korea, LTC Sangari was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington, serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Executive Officer, Battalion Motor Officer, and Battalion S3 Air. LTC Sangari deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor as the principle staff advisor for Chief of Staff Military Operations for U.S. Forces and National Agencies force protection for Implementation Forces (IFOR) and Stabilization Forces (SFOR) and the theater safety officer for all of Theater SFOR.
After completing the Infantry Officer Advance Course, LTC Sangari was assigned to Basic Combat Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia as Company Commander, Brigade S-4, and Brigade Assistant-S3. LTC Sangari was later assigned to United States Army Recruiting Command as the Headquarters Headquarters Company Commander/Facility Manager, Special Projects Officer in support of the ongoing efforts to recruit language speakers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and Assistant Current Operations Officer.
Upon completion of the Civil Affairs and the Regional Studies Courses, LTC Sangari was assigned as Civil Affairs Team-A Team Leader with 96th Infantry Battalion. His team deployed to Iraq in support of 1st and 5th Special Forces Group’s in the Al Anbar Province. After the surge approval his team stayed to support the Navy Tasking Unit. Upon his team’s return LTC Sangari attended and graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After graduation he deployed in support of 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, NY as the Deputy G9.
LTC Sangari’s follow on assignment was a family sponsored diplomatic billet as the Director of Host Nation Affairs for Area Support Group-Kuwait. Upon his return he was assigned to John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS) where he served as the Director for the Basic Language Course, Quality Assurance Action Officer, and special project officer for DCG USAJFKSWCS. He completed his 20 year six month career as the Quality Assurance Officer for the Civil Affairs Directorate.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Parachutist Badge. His foreign awards include German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge in Gold, and German Armed Forces Marksmanship Badge in Bronze. LTC Sangari language capabilities include Assyrian/Aramaic, Persian-Farsi, and Turkish-Azari. LTC Sangari is a Certified Anti-Terrorism Level I & II officer. LTC Sangari is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement LLC which he started on September 11, 2014.
LTC Sangari had six years of continuous combat deployment where he conducted 144 combat patrols, 22 Special Forces missions, and two key direct action operations while surviving 7 improvised explosive attacks and one enemy checkpoint engagement with no loss of life while being awarded the combat action badge for the operations. He conducted 670 key leader and tribal leader engagements in support of multiple counter-insurgency operations to counter and malign enemy influences and terrorist activities in the region while writing three major policy papers for the Special Operations Forces and the Marines on Federalism, Governance, and an Executive Summary on Civil Military Operations that were used as a guideline for conducting Civil Engagements in Iraq. These policies legitimized three newly elected city councils and two mayors in Al Anbar province countering enemy influence and indirectly allowing a new approach in support of the Sons of Iraq efforts in Iraq.
LTC Sangari has also conducted over 17,000 Civil Military Operations, Foreign Internal Defense support operations, Non-Combat Evacuations, Disaster Relief and Emergency Management missions. He conducted over 7,000 humanitarian missions to mitigate citywide emergencies covering provincial and regional shortfalls throughout the Middle East in support of Unconventional Warfare, Irregular Warfare, Direct Action and contingency operations.
LTC Sangari planned resourced, and executed the reception and integration of military personnel from the US Army, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Executive Officers and well-known civilian inter-agency personnel from six different US Civilian agencies creating the groundwork for a Coordinating Reconstruction and Development Activities Cell for operations in Afghanistan. The Specialty Skills Initiative (SSI) became a pilot and case study for how the Army recruits, trains and conducts future Civil-Military Operations in both accessible and remote areas of the world.
The last two major projects which LTC Sangari took on were the analysis, designs, and development of metric, and standards used to accredit the United States Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) in both training and education to include assessments and accreditation of the training which affected all Civil Affairs, Special Forces, Psychological Operations, and other Special Units personnel totaling between 15-20 thousand persons. Applying his mastery of the latest doctrinal tenants in a thorough analysis of the final draft of the strategic manual on the Concept for the Shaping Warfighting Functions that improved the nesting of the new concepts into the extent Warfighting Functions and the U.S Army Special Operation Command Commanders 2022 vision.