Brigadier General Robert K. Ryan (Photo by D.C. National Guard)
Brigadier General Robert K. Ryan is the Commanding General, Land Component Command, District of Columbia Army National Guard.
General Ryan is responsible for the strategic leadership and policies affecting all Army service members in the D.C. Army National Guard, and for the mission readiness and operational employment of units assigned to the Land Component Command. In addition, he is the District of Columbia Joint Task Force Commander for domestic operations and is responsible for ensuring Joint Task Force-District of Columbia readiness for federal and district response missions in support of civil authorities.
This command is General Ryan’s second general officer-level command. From April 2015 to August 2017 as a Colonel, he commanded the Multi-Agency Augmentation Command, a brigadier general-level, multi-state command. From December 2016 to February 2017, he concurrently served as Deputy Commander (Army), Joint Task Force-District of Columbia (58th Presidential Inauguration) during this designated National Special Security Event. His immediate past assignment was Chief of Staff, Land Component Command, D.C. Army National Guard. During his 32 years of Service, General Ryan held command and staff positions in platoon, company, battalion, brigade, division, corps, and echelons- above-corps sized units. He has been mobilized and deployed for both federal and state active duty.
General Ryan is one of the first Joint Qualified Officers in the Army National Guard. He is a Dual Status Command qualified officer. He is a career intelligence officer with a functional area in information operations. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom having mobilized and deployed from 2007 to 2008 to Baghdad during the Iraqi Surge Campaign with the historic 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 29th Infantry Division, Staunton, Va.
General Ryan is a 1986 Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship graduate of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Management and 2010 U.S. Army War College Graduate, Carlisle, Pa., earning a Master’s of Science in Security Strategy. He is a graduate of considerable military schooling and training to include the Joint Task Force Commander’s Course, Joint and Combined War-fighting Course, Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and Intelligence and Infantry Advance Courses.
General Ryan’s awards include the Combat Action Badge, Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters, and other federal awards. As an Army National Guard officer, he also earned eight military awards from five states.