Colonel Richard E. Marigliano graduated from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York, in May 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and applied mathematics. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant May 1995 and attended The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia. After graduation he was assigned to flight school, where he received his designation as a naval aviator in March 1998.
In April 1998, Col. Marigliano reported to Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 301, 1st Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Upon completion of CH-53D training in September 1998, he was assigned to the "Red Lions" of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 363. His billets during his tour at HMH-363 included airframes officer, aviation safety officer, director of safety and standardization and weapons and tactics instructor. He graduated from Aviation Safety School in April 2000 and the Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course April 2001.
Col. Marigliano reported to the 4th Marine Corps Recruiting District Command, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, in June 2002 as the assistant for aviation officer procurement. He was responsible for the planning, monitoring and tracking of officer selection officer aviation applicants from initial contracting to Officer Candidate School completion.
In June 2003, Col. Marigliano was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. After his graduation in December 2004 from Class 126 at USNTPS, he was assigned to the Rotary Wing Test Squadron (HX-21). He served as a CH-53 D/E, VH-3, and VH-60 project pilot and was assigned as to the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Replacement Integrated Test Team (ITT) as the operations officer and project officer. His assignments as a detachment officer-in-charge included the first flight of the VH-71, VH-71 White House Lawn Downwash Survey, CH-53D LHD wind envelope expansion, and CH-53D ramp mounted weapons system. In May 2008, he completed a master's degree in aircraft systems from the University of Tennessee.
Col. Marigliano was selected into the Marine Corps acquisition community in December 2007 and was assigned as the Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering (APMSE) for the VH-71 program. He was then assigned to Heavy Lift Helicopters Program (PMA-261) in September 2009 as the H-53 Training Integrated Product Team Lead (IPTL), where he was responsible for cost, schedule, and performance for both H-53 in-service and CH-53K training systems. In February 2011, Col. Marigliano assumed responsibilities as the CH-53K APMSE.
In September 2011, Col. Marigliano was assigned to standup and lead the CH-53K ITT as the Government Flight Test Director (GFTD). During this tour he was selected to command HX-21 and transition to assume the role as the HX-21 Chief Test Pilot in October 2014.
Col. Marigliano served as HX-21's Chief Test Pilot (CTP) from October 2014 to April 2016, and Commanding Officer (CO) from April 2016 to August 2017. During this period HX-21 earned the Secretary of the Navy Safety Award for Aviation for fiscal year 2016.
Col. Marigliano’s most recent assignment was the Military Assistant for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisitions before being selected for command of Naval Test Wing Atlantic.
Col. Marigliano has accrued over 2,600 flight hours in 25 different type/model/series of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.