COL Ryan E. McCormack

Colonel Ryan McCormackColonel Ryan McCormack born on Long Island, New York and received a commission in the United States Army as a Field Artillery officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1997.

After completing the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he served with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 320th FA (Balls of the Eagle) where he served in several developmental leader positions. Following his attendance at the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course in 2001, COL McCormack was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Hood, Texas. He initially served as the Fire Support Officer for 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry (Talons) and deployed with the Talons in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2003. While deployed to OIF, Ryan assumed command of C Battery, 3rd Battalion 16th Field Artillery (Rolling Thunder). Upon redeployment, he assumed command of HHB, 4ID DIVARTY and led its transition to a Fires Brigade. In 2005, the McCormack family moved to West Point, NY where COL McCormack was a student in the Eisenhower Leader Development Program and subsequently served as a Company Tactical Officer in the United States Corps of Cadets. He later served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Superintendent, United States Military Academy. In 2010, COL McCormack was assigned to the 17th Fires Brigade (Thunderbolt) at Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA where he served as the Operations and Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment (Deep Steel). He later served as the 17th FA Brigade S3. In 2013, COL McCormack was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas where after an initial assignment as Division Chief of Operations, he assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment (Steel Dragons) in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Greywolf). Upon graduation from the U.S. Army War College in 2017, COL McCormack was assigned to the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. where he served in the J3 Directorate as a Deputy Division Chief in the Regional Operations Directorate.

COL McCormack participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. During his service, COL McCormack earned the following awards and decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Staff Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

COL McCormack holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He received a Masters of Arts in Organizational Psychology and Leadership from Columbia University in 2006. He received a Masters of Arts in Defense Strategic Studies from King’s College London in 2010. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Career Courses at Fort Sill, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham, England, United Kingdom, and the U.S. Army War College.

Ryan is married to the former Erin Murphy from Long Island, NY, and they have two children.

CSM Charles K. Masters II

Command Sergeant Major Masters is a native of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia and last entered the U.S. Army on 16 March 1993. He completed Basic Training and Advance Individual Training on 9 August 1986 as a 13F (Fire Support Specialist) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

His duty assignments include: Forward Observer 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Hovey, Korea; Troop Fire Support Sergeant, Echo Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armor Calvary Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Squadron Fire Support Sergeant, Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armor Calvary Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Recruiter, Rocky Mount, NC RS; Station Commander, Mount Airy, NC RS; United States Army Recruiting Battalion Raleigh, North Carolina; Battalion Fire Support Sergeant, 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Brigade Fire Support Sergeant, 3rd Brigade, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Brigade Fire Support Sergeant, 2nd Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, Korea; Brigade Fire Support Trainer, 3rd Battalion, 307th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division (TS), Greer, South Carolina; Operation Sergeant, First Sergeant Bravo Battery, First Sergeant Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; First Sergeant, Alpha Company, Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Command Sergeant Major, 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Command Sergeant Major 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas and previously assigned as the Field Artillery Branch Sergeant Major, United States Army Human Resource Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Command Sergeant Major Masters’ military education includes all levels of NCOES to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 61, GO/SES Force Integration Management Course, Warrior Transition Cadre Course, First Sergeants Course, Observer Controller Course, Recruiters Course, Station Commander’s Course, Joint Firepower Control Course and the Basic Airborne Course. His civilian education includes an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Pike Peak Community College, Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University, and currently working toward a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7th Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (w/ Bronze Star), Korean Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/ 2 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/ Numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, Recruiter Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.

Command Sergeant Major Masters is married to the former Patricia M. Luhmann and the proud parent of three children daughters Blair, Aubrianna, and son Charles III.