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Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion Commander

Lt. Col. Ryan M. Berdiner


Lt. Col. Ryan M. Berdiner is a native of Lancaster, PA.  He was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer through the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2001 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering.

Upon completion of the FA Officer Basic Course, Berdiner was assigned to Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 321st Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a fire direction officer, platoon leader, and executive officer and deployed to Taszar Airbase, Hungary in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1.  After redeploying, Berdiner assumed duties as the Headquarters Battery executive officer until he was selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery.  While serving as the Aide-de-Camp, Berdiner deployed to support OIF 1-1.5 as the Aide to the Deputy Combined Joint Operations Officer, Chief Military Spokesman.

After attending the FA Captain’s Career Course, Berdiner was assigned as the Plans Officer for the 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he deployed to Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar, supporting all air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Upon redeployment, Berdiner assumed duties as the Assistant Operations Officer for the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne).  He later commanded Charlie Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment and deployed to Kunar Province, Afghanistan during OEF 7-9.  He subsequently served as the Assistant Operations Officer for the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne).  

Berdiner assumed duties as the Speechwriter for the Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, then attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSC).  While at CGSC, Berdiner concurrently earned a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.  After completing CGSC, Berdiner again returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was assigned as the Chief of Operations for the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne).  He transitioned to serve as the Brigade Fire Support Officer in 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and further served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.  

Berdiner transferred to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, Louisiana.  While at JRTC, Berdiner served as the Field Artillery Battalion Operations Observer, Coach, Trainer, the Division Fires Planner, and the Chief of Staff for Operations Group, JRTC.

Berdiner’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award (1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO/ISAF Medal, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.