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Brigadier General Kurt J. Ryan

Chief of Ordnance
Commandant U.S. Army Ordnance School

Brigadier General Kurt J. RyanBrigadier General Kurt J. Ryan


A graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, Brigadier General Kurt J. Ryan was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Ordnance Corps in 1987.

His 27 year career in command and staff positions has allowed him to participate in numerous operations in defense of freedom and liberty. Most notably, he deployed to the first Gulf War in Kuwait and Iraq (1990-1991); served in Germany (1992-1996); participated in peace enforcement operations in Bosnia and Croatia (1996); participated in the campaign to liberate Iraq (2003); assisted in the rescue, relief and recovery of suffering U.S. citizens in New Orleans following Hurricanes’ Katrina and Rita (2005); served in Afghanistan with a Combined and Joint Task Force (CJTF-82) and NATO International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) (2007-2008), and returned from a short deployment to Afghanistan and Kuwait with the 1st TSC and 143rd ESC (2009). His last service in Afghanistan (2011-12) was as Commander, 10th Sustainment Brigade, headquartered in Bagram. He subsequently served the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Material Readiness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2012-13). He was the Commanding General for the 593rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) (2013-15). He currently serves as the 39th Chief of Ordnance at Fort Lee, Virginia.

BG Ryan spent the majority of his career in tactical units, 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, and duty in the North Country with the 10th Mountain Division, (Light Infantry). He commanded on three occasions; as a company commander in the 1st Armored Division, as a battalion commander in the 82nd Airborne Division, and as a Sustainment Brigade Commander in support of the 10th Mountain Division (LI). Additionally, he’s enjoyed broadening experiences on staffs at the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Fort Lee, VA and the 1st Sustainment Command, Theater (TSC) in Kuwait. On two occasions he was assigned to the Pentagon within the Office of the Chief of Staff, Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a graduate of numerous Army schools including the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course (CLOAC), the Logistics Executive Development Course (LEDC), the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and the Army’s War College.

BG Ryan’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal w/ OLC, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/ 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.



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