Ryan graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2007, completed USMC OCS, and became a Marine Officer. He graduated from aviation training as a F/A-18 pilot, worked in the Operations Department, and deployed aboard an aircraft carrier in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom. After volunteering to join a Marine infantry battalion as Forward Air Controller, directing Close Air Support missions, Ryan deployed with the battalion where he also served as a Company Commander. In his last duty station, Ryan returned to the F/A-18 and deployed in support of OPERATION Inherent Resolve, serving as the Chief of Safety as well as the Executive Officer. He separated from active duty in April, 2019, and will attend Stanford Graduate School of Business in the fall where he hopes to learn how to make an impact in healthcare delivery.