2nd BCT Leadership
COL Joseph Ryan
Originally from Pearl River, New York, COL Joseph A. Ryan graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1991. COL Ryan began his service with the 3rd Battalion,505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in 1992, serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Mortar Platoon Leader, and as the Battalion S3 Air. He was the Battalion S1 and C Company Commander while assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in Baumholder, Germany between 1996 and 1998. In Savannah, Georgia at Hunter Army Airfield, COL Ryan served in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment between 1998 and 2002 and again from 2003 to 2006 as the Battalion’s Training Officer, Assistant S3, A Company Commander, Liaison Officer and Operations Officer. Following three years’ service as the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Assistant Operations Officer, Operations Officer and Deputy Commander at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Ryans moved to Fort Campbell, Kentucky where COL Ryan commanded the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) between February 2009 and July 2011. Back at Fort Benning, COL Ryan commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Special Troops Battalion from July 2011 until July 2013.
Over the last 23 years, COL Ryan deployed worldwide for training and has several combat deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq.
COL Ryan is a graduate of the Infantry Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College where he most recently served as a Fellow at Columbia University in New York City. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from Webster University.
Brigade Command Sergeant Major
CSM Jeffery Nall
Command Sergeant Major Nall was born in Sanford, NC. He entered the Army on 6 September, 1989 in Raleigh, NC. He attended One Stop Unit Training at Fort Sill, OK, as a 13B Cannon Crewman. CSM Nall's deployments include tours with B Battery, 1st Battalion 41st Field Artillery, Fort Stewart, GA, to Desert Shield/Desert Storm in July, 1990; B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, to Afghanistan in December, 2002; Operation Iraqi Freedom 5 with C Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; and to Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13 with 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery from Fort Riley, KS.
He has served in every leadership position starting with Section Chief, A Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; Drill Sergeant, D Battery, 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; Gunnery Sergeant, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; Chief of Firing Battery, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; Battalion Master Gunner, Headquarters Support Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; First Sergeant, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; First Sergeant C Battery, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; First Sergeant, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK; Field Artillery Master Gunner (FA Branch), Fort Sill, OK; G3,5,7 Operations Sergeant Major for U.S. Army Japan & I Corps (Forward), Camp Zama, Japan; Command Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, and currently serves as the Command Sergeant Major, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.
His military and civilian education include Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Drill Sergeant School, First Sergeant Course, Sergeants Major Academy (Non-Resident Course, Class 33), Small Group Instructor Training Course, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault, Drop Zone Safety Trainer, Drop Zone Safety Officer, and Load Master Course. He is currently working towards a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from Phoenix University. CSM Nall’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal with (7 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Superior Unit Award, Order of Saint Barbara, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Combat Action Badge.