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Colorado Air National Guard general retires after 32 years

Brigadier General Shawn Ryan was commissioned in 1990 out of Air Force Academy.
Credit: Colorado Air National Guard
Assistant Adjutant General, Air U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Shawn Ryan

AURORA, Colo. — Colorado Air National Guard (COANG) general Shawn Ryan has retired after 32 years of service.

United States Air Force Brigadier General Ryan retired Sunday in a ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base.

Ryan was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1990 after graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“I want to congratulate Brigadier General Shawn Ryan on his 32 plus years of exemplary service to both state and nation culminating with his assignment as the assistant adjutant general-Air and commander of the Colorado Air National Guard,” said Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Laura L. Clellan.

Ryan served nine years on active duty as an Instructor and Evaluator Pilot in both the KC-135 Stratotanker and C-21 Twin-turbofan Lear Jet.

Ryan joined the Colorado Air National Guard in 1999 as a traditional Guardsman and has commanded at the squadron, group and headquarters level.

“Shawn has served in this role since May 2021 during the most challenging time in our organization’s history,” Clellan said. “He ensured that the men and women of the COANG were trained and equipment to accomplish both their federal and domestic operations missions. He oversaw the COANG’s response to COVID and ensured the readiness for the individual and collective deployments of the 140th Wing. Thank you, Shawn, for a job well done!”   

Credit: Colorado Air National Guard
Assistant Adjutant General, Air U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Shawn Ryan



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