LTC Bryan W. Ryder
Lieutenant Colonel Bryan W. Ryder was commissioned in 1994 from Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Command and General Staff College. His military education includes the Ordnance Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer’s Advance Course, Combined Arms Services and Staff School, and Command and General Staff Course.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryder has served in a variety of positions. Key positions include Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 8th Ordnance Company and Executive Officer, G3 Support Operations in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander, 1st Ordnance Detachment (EOD), Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt; Commander, 764th Ordnance Company (EOD) in Fort Carson Colorado; G4 Maintenance Branch Chief, Southern European Task Force (SETAF) in Vicenza, Italy; Ground Maintenance Branch Chief, CJTF-76, Bagram, Afghanistan; G4 Supply & Services Officer, I Corps and Support Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 80th Ordnance Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington; Lieutenant Colonel Ryder’s most recent assignment includes Commander, Central Sub-Region and Chief of Operations, Defense Logistics Agency Energy Middle East in Bahrain.
His operational and joint task force experience includes: Assistant Operations Officer, Task Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Joint Task Force (JTF) Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah; Company Commander, 764th Ordnance Company (EOD) for Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 180 in Bagram, Afghanistan; J4 Forward, JTF-Liberia positioned aboard the USS Iwo Jima; Ground Maintenance Branch Chief, CJTF-76 in Bagram, Afghanistan; Executive Officer, 80th Ordnance Battalion in Joint Base Balad, Iraq; Sub-Region Commander and Chief of Operations for DLA Energy Middle East in Bahrain.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryder’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal (1 Star), as well as the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1 OLC). In addition, he has been awarded the Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Basic Recruiter Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. Lieutenant Colonel Ryder is also a recipient of the Samuel Sharp Medal.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Jerome A. DeJean
Command Sergeant Major Jerome A. DeJean enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard in Dec. 1980. After five years he enlisted active duty in 1986.
His current Military Occupational Specialty includes 12B Combat Engineer, 19D Cavalry Scout, and 79R Recruiter. Over the last 23 years, he has been stationed in various locations around the Continental United States, to include Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Lewis, Wash. as well as tours in Pa., N.Y., Conn., Miss., and Ky. His last assignment was Operations Sergeant Major for the 2nd Army Recruiting Brigade. He has served in nearly every leadership position in the Army Recruiting career field. He has served as a Station Commander in Bethlehem, Pa.; Temple, Pa.; Easton Pa.; and Buffalo N.Y.; Guidance Counselor and Senior Guidance Counselor at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Mechanicsburg, Pa.; First Sergeant in Hartford, Conn.; Master Trainer in Jackson, Miss.; and Assistant Inspector General at Fort Knox, Ky.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. He has attended all of the requisite Noncommissioned Officer Education System schooling, as well as the V7 Guidance Counselor Operations Course. He graduated Columbia Southern University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.