Captain Manning is a Surface Warfare Officer who earned his commission through the U. S. Naval Academy. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University and has completed his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase 1 certification from the Air Command & Staff College and U. S. Naval War College and is currently working on completing the Masters Degree program through the U.S. Naval War College. In addition, he is currently enrolled in the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME) program through the Joint Forces Staff College.
While on Active duty he served in a variety of sea duty billets, including as Auxiliaries Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, and Combat Information Center Officer in USS GARY (FFG-51) and as Operations Officer in USS KAUFFMAN (FFG-59). Following these shipboard tours he served on the staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron Twenty as the Combat Systems Officer and Operations Officer and then on the staff of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight/EISENHOWER Battle Group as the Surface Operations and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Strike Operations Officer. Following his six deployments at sea, he transferred to Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic as the Surface and Strike Warfare Officer where he provided leadership and management oversight for all of the gun systems and TLAM systems maintenance, training, and certification for the U. S. Atlantic Fleet.
Upon transferring to the Navy Reserve, Captain Manning has served with the Navy Reserve Tactical Training Group Atlantic 106 unit as the TLAM Strike Module Head, Joint Maritime Tactics Course – Reserve Coordinator, and as the Training Officer. He next received orders to the Navy Reserve COMSECONDFLT Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) unit as the TLAM Subject Matter Expert and J4 Logistics Cell Head. Following that tour, he became the Executive Officer of the Navy Reserve Carrier Strike Group Eight unit. During his next tour with Navy Reserve Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTL) 0486, he acted as Fleet Synthetic Training (FST) Department Head, Operations Directorate Chief, and Chief Staff Officer. While assigned to Navy Reserve CSFTL 0486 unit he was the first Reservist to act a Senior Mentor/Assessor in support of the Independent Deployer Certification Exercise for USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58).
During his tour with Navy Reserve CSFTL 0486, CAPT Manning was also mobilized as the Operations Officer for Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) managing the training and equipping of over 10,000 Individual Augmentees in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He was also a “by name” request to act as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Synthetic Training to Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic on ADSW, where he was instrumental in expanding the Fleet Synthetic Training program to support Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) training and certification events.
Next, CAPT Manning served with the Navy Reserve Joint Staff South unit, where he filled the leadership roles as the Deputy ACOS for Joint Operations, the Reserve Director J7 Joint Development, and as the Chief Staff Officer. He was also requested to provide extended active duty support as a project lead for the Homeland Defense BMD Assessment - Southwest Asia (HDBAS) project to ensure that the HDBAS Project Team was properly aligned to support the Joint Staff, NORTHCOM, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO) in assessing the current state of Ballistic Missile Defense of the Homeland against near-term BMD threats.
CAPT Manning assumed command of the NR PRESINSURV Support Unit in December 2013.
CAPT Manning has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). CAPT Manning is currently employed by SAIC as a Policy Analyst supporting Tactical Training Group Atlantic as a key member of the East Coast Ballistic Missile Defense Exercise (BMDEX) Program.