Timothy Patrick Ryan

…had a long and distinguished career as a United States Air Force Pararescueman. He was a longtime member of Joint Special Operations Command’s 24th Special Tactics Squadron; one of the military’s designated Special Mission Units.  He was on a combat jump into Panama, and was also awarded the bronze star and purple heart during his time in the service.

I didn’t know Tim nearly as well as his active-duty teammates; he was a little before my time. We didn’t meet until I decided to take a break from non-stop contracting and do some medical instructing for various military/law enforcement agencies. Tim was the lead instructor on my first class.

We quickly bonded over our shared PJ heritage, and went on to do more classes together. Tim was a fantastic instructor, very intense, and you could tell all of the students, especially the young future medics and corpsmen, were slightly scared of him. Even in his 50s, he cut an imposing figure. We would always crack open a few cold beers at the end of the training day, and have a great time with all the other instructors, swapping stories.