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Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

General Thomas M. Ryan Jr.

(1928 - )

— Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame Inductee - 2011 —

 
 
General Thomas M. Ryan Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, October 5, 2021
1. General Thomas M. Ryan Jr. Marker
Inscription.  General Tom Ryan was a leader known for his unwavering commitment to the mobility mission. As Vice Commander (1977 - 81) and then Commander (1983 - 85) of the Military Airlift Command. General Ryan presided over mobility operations in support of significant national and international crises and humanitarian relief efforts to include Operation Eagle Claw (Iranian Hostage Rescue) and Urgent Fury (rescue of American students in Grenada). General Ryan drove the development of the first U.S. Air Force Airlift master plan, a 20 year roadmap that resulted in significant air mobility modernization, he was a proponent of increasing the role of the Air Force Reserve and National Guard and worked to transfer C-5 and C-141 Aircraft to Air Reserve Units. A selfless leader and mentor, his leadership and advocacy helped bring about mobility cultural changes that we take for granted today.
 
Erected 2011 by Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, Cold. A significant historical year for this entry is 2011.
 
Location. 38° 32.409′ 
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N, 89° 51.822′ W. Marker is in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on Main Street just east of Symington Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Heritage Dr, Scott Air Force Base IL 62225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col Gail S. Halvorsen (here, next to this marker); General Duane H. Cassidy (here, next to this marker); Airlift Hall of Fame Memorial (here, next to this marker); Aeromedical Evacuation Legacy Team (here, next to this marker); Maj Gen Cyrus R. "C. R." Smith (here, next to this marker); Gen Robert E. "Dutch" Huyser (a few steps from this marker); Maj Gen Winston P "Wimpy" Wilson (a few steps from this marker); Gen Laurence S. Kuter (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scott Air Force Base.
 
General Thomas M. Ryan Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, October 5, 2021
2. General Thomas M. Ryan Jr. Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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