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Grand Master Ronald Mangum

The OTJ/OSMTJ Grand Master, Brigadier General Ronald Scott Mangum PhD JD [US Army (Retd)]:

General Mangum

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Ronald Mangum

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revious Grand Master Nicolas Haimovici Hastier with the present Grand Master, Ronald Scott Mangum

Brief biography:

Ronald Scott Mangum was born in Chicago, Illinois on 14 November 1944.  He graduated from Northwestern University (BA, History, 1965), Northwestern University School of Law (JD 1968) and Norwich University (MA, Diplomacy, 2004).  He served for 35 years in the United States Army rising to the rank of Brigadier General.  His military service included multiple command assignments from Special Forces Detachment Commander to Theatre Component Commander (1969-2004).  He concluded his career as the Commanding General, Special Forces Command Korea, United Nations Special Operations Component Commander and Deputy Commander, Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force (2000-2003).

His military awards include: Distinguished Service Medal (2004), Defense Superior Service Medal (2003), Joint Commendation Medal (2001), Presidential Unit Citation (Republic of Korea, 2002), Joint Unit Commendation Medal (2001), Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters (1997, 1999), Army Commendation Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters (1981, 1984, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998), Master Parachute Badge (2003), Korea Master Parachute Badge (2000), Special Forces Tab (1985), Pathfinder Badge (1983), Aircrew Badge (1981), Underwater Operations Badge (1975), Canadian Parachute Badge (1975) and Ranger Tab (1971).

Further Information:

Gen. Ron Mangum retired from the United States Army in November 2004 after 35 years of enlisted and officer service. His last command consisted of three elements: Commanding General, Special Operations Command Korea; Commanding General, United Nations Special Operations Component; and Deputy Commanding General, Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force. He served in Korea from September 2000 to August 2003.

Previous command assignments included Deputy Division Commander; Assistant Division Commander (Logistics); Commander, 1st Brigade (Battle Command Staff Training); Commander, 4th Brigade (Field Exercise Training); Commander, Battle Projection Group (Battle Command Staff Training); Commander, 1st Battalion, 340th Regiment (Instructor); all in the 85th Division (Training Support). He also served as the Operations Officer (S-3) of the 314th Army Security Agency Battalion, Group Intelligence Officer (S-2) and Commander, Operational Detachment A, 1st Battalion, 12th
Special Forces Group (Airborne), Arlington Heights, Illinois.

His military awards include the Distinguished Service MedalDefense Superior Service MedalMeritorious Service MedalJoint Service Commendation MedalArmy Commendation Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters, and the Order of Cheong Su (Republic of Korea), among others. His military qualifications include the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist (U.S. and Republic of Korea), Pathfinder BadgeSpecial Operations Diver badgeAircrew Badge and Canadian Parachutist badge. 

General Mangum's military education included the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Special Forces Qualification Course, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff Course, the United States Army War College, Capstone and the Joint General Officer/Flag Officer Warfighters Course.

Following his retirement from military service, he became a consultant to the United States Department of Defense and was contracted as a senior advisor to the Georgian Ministry of Defence from 2005 to 2011.


As a practising lawyer, Mangum was admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of Illinois (1968) and Wisconsin (1985), the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Courts (Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois) and the Federal Trial Bar.

He practised law in Chicago for over 30 years, founding the firm of Mangum, Smietanka & Johnson, L.L.C. He served in several leadership positions in the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. In the ISBA he was an assembly delegate (1973–1979) and Chair several committees including State Taxation Section Council (1974–1977); Chair, Standing Committee on Long Range Planning (1983–1985); and Chair, Standing Committee on Legislation (1986–1989). In addition, he was founder and chairman of the Health Care Law section (1983–1988). In the Chicago Bar Association he served at Chairman of the Judicial Evaluation and Reform Committee (1976–1977).

He retired from the active practice of law upon re-entering active duty with the United States Army in 2000, but returned to the legal profession in 2011 as the Country Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia in 2011, where he has been admitted to the Armenian Chamber of Advocates as a licensed foreign attorney.


Mangum served as a full Professor of National Security Studies from 2005 to 2011 at American Military University and briefly served as Program Director of the National Security Studies Program in 2006. He developed and taught courses in Research Methods in National Security Studies, Concepts of National Security, U.S. National Security, International Security, Diplomacy and National Security and Institutions of National Security.

Note: All of this information is in the public record and can be checked.


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