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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assigned as Civil Affairs Team-A Team Leader with 96th Infantry Battalion.
  • 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.
  • Assigned diplomatic billet as the Director of Host Nation Affairs for Area Support Group-Kuwait.
  • 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.
  • Language capabilities include Assyrian/Aramaic.
  •  Certified Anti-Terrorism Level I & II officer.
  • Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement LLC which he started on September 11, 2014.

Operational Experience

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CEO of the Near East Center For Strategic Engagement (NEC-SE).  NEC-SE was established on 11 SEP 14 in honor of the attacks which took place against the United States in 2001.  In less than three years from its establishment NEC-SE has received close to 240,000 likes on their Facebook page and website.  NEC-SE postings have been read and referenced in over 143 countries out of the 257 worldwide.  They have been referenced in over 2,895,000 news media outlets, academic journals, and strategic think tanks. NEC-SE was a strategic partner to the Ravens Challenge 2017.
  • Founded the United Assyrian Appeal (UAA).  UAA is established to honor empower and support the Assyrian Army Military Families who’s loved ones are fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
  • Ran for the 9th congressional district of Illinois to serve the 9th congressional constituents and his country in Washington DC.

Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari on The Hagmann Report


Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari on The Hagmann Report 8/22/2016