Maj. Gen. Kurt Ryan, Hanover native, York College alum, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Forces Command, to discuss his career of service on Oct. 2
Maj. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan, a Hanover native, York College graduate and Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Forces Command, will discuss his career of service at 7 p.m., Oct. 2, in the College’s Waldner Performing Arts Center. His talk, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Prof. David Fyfe, is open to the public free of charge and is part of the College’s 50th anniversary celebration.
In 1987, Ryan graduated from York College with a major in criminal justice and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He began active duty service in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps, a career now spanning 31 years. The majority of his defense experience is with tactical Army formations, twice serving as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, two tours with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), a tour in Germany with the 1st Armored Division, duty in upstate New York with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), and assignment with the First U.S. Corps in Washington State.
He commanded troops on six occasions; as a Company Commander in Germany, Battalion Commander in North Carolina, Brigade Commander in New York, Commanding General (CG) of an Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Washington State, as the CG, U.S. Army Ordnance Corps in Virginia, and as the CG, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in Illinois.
Over his career, General Ryan participated in seven named military operations, ranging from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (New Orleans and the Philippines), peace-enforcement and peace-keeping (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and four combat tours in U.S. Central Command (Iraq and Afghanistan). He has a lifelong passion to continue to learn and grow. He is a graduate of numerous military schools and received Master of Science degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology (Logistics Management) and the U.S. Army’s War College (Strategic Studies).
General Ryan currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, at U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) at Fort Bragg, N.C. He comes to FORSCOM from Scott Air Force Base, where he recently served as the CG of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit w/OLC, Bronze Star Medal w/ OLC, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 OLC, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal w/ 5 OLC. He proudly wears the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Ranger tab.
York College awarded General Ryan an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2015 and the Alumni Professional Excellence Award in 2014.