April 21, 2015
Ronald M. Zich
Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
Chief of Staff; Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4), Headquarters Marine Corps
Zich graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina in August 1981 and was assigned to Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 41, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. After graduation from the University of Maryland in December 1983, he attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Virginia.
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander and company executive officer. He attended the Basic Communications Officer Course in 1987 and was subsequently assigned to 2nd Force Service Support Group as the Communications Center Officer In Charge. He transferred to MSSG 26 as the communications officer and upon completion of deployment, transferred to 8th Communications Battalion as a company executive officer. Assigned to Marine Forces Panama from January to May of 1989, he was the communications officer.
Next assigned to Recruiting Station Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he served as the operations and executive officer from 1989-1992. He completed the Command, Control and Systems Course in 1993 and transferred to Okinawa, Japan for duty with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, where he served as the Wing Communications Squadron S-3 and deputy chief of staff G-6. Upon completion of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1997, where he received a Master of Military Studies, he completed a joint assignment at the Joint Information Operations Center, San Antonio, Texas where he served in the J5.
Transferred to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in 2000, he served at the assistant chief of staff G-6 for two years before moving to San Diego, California. While there, he served as the commanding officer of 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. Upon completion of this tour in 2004, he studied at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennyslvania where he received a Masters of Strategic Studies. He spent one year as the III Marine Expeditionary Force G-6 before being assigned as Operational Assessments Branch head, Program Assessment and Evaluation, Programs and Resources, HQMC. Transferred to HQMC C4 in 2007, he has served as the Resources and Operations chief and Network Plans and Policy Division chief before assuming his current position as executive assistant.
Zich retired from the Marine Corps in Nov 2011 and worked for Lockheed Martin for two years as a senior program manager, focused on Marine Corps and Navy Information Technology programs. He returned to government service in December 2014.