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New Commandant of the Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York – COL Stephen Ryan FA, VCASNY (LTC USAR)
Please Join the VCA in congratulating COL. Stephen Ryan on his appointment to be the new Commandant for the Veteran Corps of Artillery. COL. Ryan , who has recently returned from his latest tour in Afghanistan, is also LTC. Ryan, in the U.S. Army Reserves. Spanning a career that began with his enlistment in the N.Y. Army National Guard in 1988, COL. Ryan has had assignments ranging from the 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), to infantry to Logistics officer and more. Most of you will recognize the beret he wears. COL. Ryan has also seen combat duty in Iraq, and was awarded a bronze star for his role in rescuing a downed helicopter pilot. His present federal assignment is Assistant G3 Operations and Plans for the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, Headquartered in FT. Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY.
COL Ryan joined the VCA in 1993, and has served on both the color guard and firing battery as an enlisted member and later served as both the Ordinance Sergeant and the G3 Operations Sergeant. COL. Ryan was commissioned in the Corps, a Second Lieutenant from Master Sergeant in 2001 and served as both Asst G3 and G3. Prior to his present appointment he was the Vice-Commandant.
The troops of the VCA, welcome COL. Ryan and wish him the best in his new assignment.