Antonieta “Toni” Rico (MSFS’17)

Women in International Security

Program Associate

Toni Rico served in the U.S. Army from October 2001 to September 2008, working as a military journalist and public affairs NCO. She has served in Iraq and embedded with various Army and infantry units during day-to-day missions and combat operations. With her experience in media relations, she has provided media training for military officers and soldiers, escorted international journalists in combat zones, and provided media facilitation during high-visibility military events.

Rico is currently a program associate at Women in International Security where she works for the Combat Integration Initiative supporting the successful integration of women into combat arms units.

She has worked as deputy news editor at Army Times and Navy Times reporting on the Coast Guard, training cycles, gender integration, and military quality-of-life issues. She has also interned at National Geographic Magazine.

Rico holds a master of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, with a concentration in global politics and security, and a bachelor of arts in communication from George Mason University. Her awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, the Combat Action Badge, and the Iraq Campaign Medal. She is also a military spouse and mother of two girls.