Colonel Ryan HowellGarrison CommanderWhite Sands Missile RangeUnited States Army
Colonel M. Ryan Howell was commissioned as an Armor Officer upon graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in International Studies from UNC and a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Additionally, he was the 2019 U.S. Army War College Fellow at the University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
He served in all major Armor and Cavalry leadership positions from Platoon Leader to Cavalry Squadron Commander of 4th Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment with duty at Fort Hood, TX, Egypt and Afghanistan. Most recently he served in US Northern Command's Domestic Operations Division where he helped integrate Federal resources in support of disaster relief missions across the United States; including Hurricanes Irma (Florida), Maria (Puerto Rico), and Florence (North Carolina).
Colonel Howell's non-command highlights include working as an Armor and Cavalry Instructor at the Armor School, Fort Knox, KY, on the Maneuver Center of Excellence Commanding General's Initiatives Group at Fort Benning, GA and as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, VA.
He has three combat deployments to Iraq and two to Afghanistan. Colonel Howell also served in Sinai, Egypt as the Commander of South Camp and the U.S. Battalion as part of the Multinational Force and Observers. Additionally, he served in the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.
In addition to his normal military duties, Colonel Howell has extensive experience working with foreign militaries in Europe and the Middle East, with Intergovernmental Organizations in the U.S. Government, and with State/Territory Civil Government officials across the United States.
Colonel Howell's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Bronze Star Medal (5 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Army Commendation Medals (4 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medals (3 awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.