Lt. Col. Ryan E. Collins is a native of Wasilla, Alaska, and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He commissioned into the U.S. Army in 2006 as a Signal Officer. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.
Collins previously served as the Commander of the Visual Information Command, White House Communications Agency, and Commander of the 552nd Signal Company, 41st Signal Battalion.
Other assignments include U.S. Southern Command, J65 Division Chief, Office of the CIO, the Army Futures and Concepts Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Group S6, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), JBLM, Washington; Presidential Communications Officer, White House Communications Agency, Washington, D.C.; Brigade Chief of Operations, 1st Signal Brigade, Yongsan, Republic of Korea; Battalion S6, 2-11th Field Artillery, 2nd Stryker Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Executive Officer and Platoon Leader, 556th Signal Company, 225 Brigade Support Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.
Collins’ awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He also has various unit, service, campaign awards, and badges that include the Parachutist Badge and the Presidential Service Badge.