VADM Ryan is a 1967 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a graduate of George Washington University with a Master of Science Degree in Personnel Administration as well as the Senior Officials in National Security Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ryan has commanded aviation units at the squadron, wing, and fleet levels and has directed the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs. He served as the 52nd Chief of Naval Personnel before retiring and assuming his current position in September 2002.
Admiral Ryan was named 2010 Association Executive of the Year by Association TRENDS, a national trade publication. He is the first military officer to win this award in its 32-year history.
Under Ryan’s leadership, MOAA has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper for the past six years, and the only military service organization so listed for the last three years.
The Admiral and his wife Judy have two adult children and one grandchild and reside in Fairfax Station, Va.