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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 to September 2001. 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.

Michael E. Ryan
Michael Ryan, official military photo.jpg
Born (1941-12-24) December 24, 1941 (age 77)
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1965–2001
RankGeneral
Commands heldChief of Staff of the United States Air Force
Allied Air Forces Central Europe
U.S. Air Forces in Europe
16th Air Force
Allied Air Forces Southern Europe
432nd Tactical Fighter Wing
61st Tactical Fighter Squadron
Battles/warsVietnam War
Operation Deliberate Force
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Full list
RelationsGeneral John Dale Ryan (father)

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Military careerEdit

 
Receiving Distinguished Flying Cross from his father, Air Force Chief of Staff General John D. Ryan (left), 1969.

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.[1]

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 cultureEdit

Awards and decorationsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "April". www.afa.org. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ "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.'" Archived 2014-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ 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.

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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