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Commander Ryan C. Cech, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Four Seven
Commander Ryan Cech is a native of Glasgow, Montana. He is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
CDR Cech's first operational assignment was with VP-9, NAS Barbers Point, HI, in July 1998. While serving with the Golden Eagles, he completed three operational deployments to Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T., Japan, and the Arabian Gulf. He achieved designation as a Patrol Plane Instructor Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. Additional duties included Legal Officer, AT Branch Officer, and NFO Training/NATOPS Officer.
Subsequent operational tours included Assistant Navigator aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) where he completed one combat deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations ENDURING FEEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM; Department Head for VP-16 as Tactics Officer, Training Officer, and Maintenance Officer with one operational deployment to the Western Pacific in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM - PHILIPPINES. During this tour, he was selected by his peers in Wing ELEVEN as the recipient of the CPRW-11 Peer Leadership Award.
CDR Cech's shore and staff assignments included Flag Aide to Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean/NATO Maritime Air Forces South/Navy Region Europe/CTF-67 in Naples, Italy; Training Director at VP-30 in Jacksonville, FL; Special Operations Planning and Action Officer on the CENTCOM J-3 staff in Tampa, FL; and Aviation Manpower Requirements Officer for Director, Aviation Warfare (OPNAV N98) at the Pentagon. His most recent assignment was Deputy Director, Flag Officer Distribution for the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington DC.
CDR Cech's personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation, and various campaign, unit, and service medals.
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