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National Guard promotes Ryan to colonel in April ceremony

Leo Ryan, North Dakota Army National Guard commander for the 164th Regiment’s Regional Training Institute, was promoted to colonel April 13 during a formal ceremony at Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.

Ryan has served in the North Dakota National Guard for nearly 30 years. He enlisted in 1985 as a bridge crewman in the 957th Engineering Co. when he  was 17 years old. In 1992, he completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He has held a number of leadership positions throughout his military career, including multiple assignments within the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, commander of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School, 34th Engineer Brigade personnel officer, 164th Engineer Battalion executive officer, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade executive officer and commander of the 2nd Modular Training Battalion, 164th Regiment.

Ryan has served twice overseas during federal mobilizations. In 1990, he deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm as a squad leader in the 132nd Quartermaster Co. He deployed again in 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the executive officer for the 164th Engineer Battalion.

“Col. Ryan is a proven leader in our organization,” said Brig. Gen. David Anderson, former commander for the North Dakota National Guard’s Army Component, who retired during a ceremony following Ryan’s promotion.

In his civilian profession, Ryan is an owner and practicing attorney of Dalsted and Ryan, P.C., which has offices in Jamestown and Carrington. He is a University of North Dakota graduate.

Ryan and his wife, Lynnette, live near Spiritwood Lake, N.D.