With The Colors: Pittsfield native promoted to brigadier general


PITTSFIELD — Air Force Materiel Command Surgeon General Jeannine M. Ryder was promoted to the rank of brigadier general at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, on Aug. 3.

Ryder, the daughter of William and Christine Coan of Pittsfield and a 1987 graduate of Pittsfield High School, is a 29-year Air Force veteran and a 1991 graduate of Boston College where she earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

In her position as surgeon general, Ryder promotes the health and well-being of over 80,000 military and civilian personnel through policy and programs focused on wellness. She leads the implementation of the Air Force Surgeon General's medical policies and programs across the major command and advocates the work of the Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing, ensuring medical professionals are ready to deploy to provide medical care where needed.

Ryder will continue her assignment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, with follow-on command of the 711th Human Performance Wing. Its mission is to advance human performance and integration for air, space and cyberspace through research, education, consultation, and operational support.

As chief nurse of the Air Force, Ryder creates and evaluates nursing policies and programs for 19,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve nursing personnel. She interacts with Air Staff, Joint Staff, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and civilian healthcare organizations to ensure the highest caliber of nursing care and personnel.

In addition to her 17 assignments that took her to eight different bases in the United States, Ryder was also deployed to Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan, where she served as the executive officer/Aid-de-Camp, Combined Air Power Transition Force, and commander of the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group, Southwest Asia.

She is the recipient of the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal.