Master Sergeant Robert Ryder

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Robert R. Ryder (Rob)
Senior Military Science Instructor
1302 Activity Therapy Building, Mail Stop 5249
Mailing address: 
Department of Military Science and Leadership
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5249 USA

Master Sergeant Robert R. Ryder, senior military instructor of military science and leadership at Western Michigan University, is an Infantry Senior Non-Commissioned Officer and enlisted in the United States Army in 1995. He is originally from Hillsboro, Oregon.

Ryder’s previous assignments include: Rifleman, A. Co, 1st Battalion 502D Infantry Regiment (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, KY; Team Leader, HHC, 1st Battalion 503D Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) Camp Casey, Korea; Team Leader, C. Co 1st Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Lewis, WA; Squad Leader, C. Co 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, HI; Platoon Sergeant, A. Co 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment, Schofield barracks, HI; Platoon Sergeant, HHC 24th Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, KS;  Platoon Sergeant, C. Co 2nd Battalion 16th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Riley, KS;  First Sergeant, E. Co 3rd Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Benning, GA; Deputy Chief, HHC 172D Separate Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany; NCOIC, HHC 7th Army Joint Multi National Training Center, Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Ryder’s military education includes: Airborne School, Air Assault Course, Dragon Trainer Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Field Sanitation Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Anti-Terrorism Instructor Qualification Course, Mobile Retention Training Course, NBC Defense Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Emergency Medical Technician Course, Senior Leaders Course, Army Recruiter Course, First Sergeant Course.

His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters; the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster;  Army Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster; Army Good Conduct medal with one silver clasp; National Defense Service Medal with service star;  Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star; Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Ribbon; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 6; NATO ISAF Medal; Multi Forces and Observers Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Airborne Badge and Air Assault Badge.

Ryder lives in Portage, Michigan.  He is married and has two sons.  He is an avid sports fan and loves his Oregon Ducks.