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LTC Kevin E. Ryan
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Ryan is a 2005 West Point graduate with a major in Mechanical Engineering. After completing the AH64 course at Fort Rucker, he spent the next five years in the 4th Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade serving as a platoon leader, battalion staff officer, and company commander. While serving in 4ID CAB, he deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq and Sharana, Afghanistan for two yearlong deployments.
Upon completion of his second deployment, he served at Fort Rucker training AVBOLC-B students, AVCCC students, and commanding A/1-145th AVN REGT. Post-Command and General Staff College, he was stationed at Schofield Barracks, HI and Wheeler Army Airfield serving as the Brigade Aviation Officer in 2/25 IBCT, Squadron Operations Officer in 2-6 CAV, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Operations Officer, and the 25th Infantry Division Deputy Chief of Staff. LTC Ryan recently served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
CSM Edgard Gonzalez
A native of Nicaragua and raised in Miami, Florida, Command Sergeant Major Gonzalez entered the United States Army on 12 September 1997. He completed Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
CSM Gonzalez served in various leadership assignments beginning as a Scout Helicopter Section Sergeant in Alpha Company, 8th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he deployed to OIF in support of the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry.In December 2004, he was a member of Delta Troop, 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he functioned as a Technical Inspector and deployed to Iraq as the detachment NCOIC for the Quality Control office in 2006.CSM Gonzalez became a Detachment Platoon Sergeant for Rear detachment, 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, after completing the SFAA in 2008.Then, he attained the maintenance Platoon Sergeant position in Delta Troop, 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he twice deployed to Afghanistan (2010 and 2012).CSM Gonzalez functioned in the capacity as both the Platoon Sergeant and the First Sergeant with Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, during 2nd Squadron 6th Cavalry Korea rotation 15-01.CSM Gonzalez served as the First Sergeant for Task Force Hammerhead during Pacific Pathways Rotation 17-01 to Thailand and South Korea.Upon his return, CSM Gonzalez took Charlie Troop to the National Training Center Rotation 17-05.CSM Gonzalez also served as a First Sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 166th Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, during the reactivation of the 166th Aviation Brigade.CSM Gonzalez was selected to attend the United States Sergeant Major Academy at Fort Bliss, TX. Upon graduating, he was immediately assigned as the Senior Operations Sergeant for 602nd Aviation Support Battalion Camp Humphreys, South Korea.
CSM Gonzalez has completed all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, Battalion CSM Development Program, Sergeants Major Course, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Transportation /Storage of Hazardous Material Course, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Officer Course, Master Driver Course, Airborne School, Air Assault Course, Combative Level 1, and Combat Lifesavers Course.Additionally, CSM Gonzalez’s civilian education includes an Associate Degree in General Studies from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor Degree in Leadership and Workforce Development from the United States Army War College.
CSM Gonzalez’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (silver clasp with 1 knot), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Master Aviation Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver Badge (Wheel), and The Order of Saint Michael.