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Michael E. Ryan

For other people named Michael Ryan, see Michael Ryan (disambiguation).
Michael E. Ryan
File:Michael Ryan, official military photo.jpg
Born (1941-12-24) December 24, 1941 (age 74)
Allegiance 23x15px United States of America
Service/branch 22x20px United States Air Force
Years of service 1965–2001
Rank 80px General
Commands held

61st Tactical Fighter Squadron
432nd Tactical Fighter Wing
Allied Air Forces Southern Europe
16th Air Force
U.S. Air Forces in Europe
Allied Air Forces Central Europe

Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
Awards See below

Michael E. Ryan (born December 24, 1941) is a retired United States Air Force general and was the 16th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from October 1997 - September 2001.[1] He served as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipage of 700,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he and the other service chiefs functioned as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the president.

Military career

Ryan entered the U.S. Air Force after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1965; he was a graduate of Omaha Creighton Prep High School. He has commanded at the squadron, wing, numbered air force and major command levels. He flew combat in Southeast Asia, including 100 missions over North Vietnam. He also served in staff assignments at the major command level, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and the Joint Staff.

Before assuming the Chief of Staff position, Ryan was Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As Commander of Sixteenth Air Force and Allied Air Forces Southern Europe in Italy, he directed the NATO air combat operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including the bombing missions of Operation Deliberate Force, which created the context for the U.S. to broker the Dayton Peace Accords between the parties in conflict. Ryan personally approved every NATO target during the two-week Operation Deliberate Force campaign.[2]

Ryan's father, General John Dale Ryan, was the 7th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, from 1969 to 1973.

Ryan retired from the U.S. Air Force on October 1, 2001.

Popular culture

Awards and decorations

Personal decorations
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
60px Army Distinguished Service Medal
60px Navy Distinguished Service Medal
60px Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
60px Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Unit awards
60px Presidential Unit Citation
60px Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
Service awards
60px Combat Readiness Medal
Campaign and service medals
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
60px Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars
60px Armed Forces Service Medal
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
60px Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
60px Air Force Training Ribbon
Foreign awards
60px Chilean Grand Cross of the Order of Aeronautical Merit
60px South Korean Order of National Security Merit, Tong-il Medal
60px Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, 1st Class
60px Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure
60px The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, 1st Class
60px Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Knight Commander's Cross
60px SICOFAA Legion of Merit Officer Medal
60px Spanish Grand Cross of the Order of Aeronautical Merit
60px Singaporean Meritorious Service Medal (Military)
60px Brazilian Order of Aeronautical Merit
60px French Legion of Honour, Commandeur Medal
60px Netherlands Order of Orange-Nassau, Commander Medal
60px Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Award
60px NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
60px Vietnam Campaign Medal
Other accoutrements
130px Command Air Force Pilot Badge
90px Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

References

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  1. ^ "General Michael E. Ryan". Air Force Link. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ http://www.afa.org/media/reports/april.asp
  3. ^ [1] "The general, a science-fiction fan, said he agreed to guest-star on Stargate SG-1 because, 'The ideas that come out of science fiction are often more science than fiction.'"
  4. ^ Richard Dean Anderson (actor) (4 October 2005). "SG-1 Beyond the Gate: An Air Force Experience with Richard Dean Anderson". Stargate SG-1 (season 8) (DVD). Metro Goldwyn Mayer. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman
Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
1997–2001
Succeeded by
Gen. John P. Jumper

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