Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ryan joined the US Air Force in 2010. He was stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was a crew chief on the F-22A Raptor in the Test and Evaluation Squadron. In 2016, Ryan earned his private pilot certificate to accomplish a lifelong dream of his. It wasn’t until 2020 when he was working as a Probation and Parole Officer that Ryan wanted to fly professionally. He found Liberty University’s online aviation program coupled with Gulf Coast Aviation’s partnership and enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree path. Ryan earned his instrument, commercial, and CFI ratings through Gulf Coast and his bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. Ryan is currently working towards his Masters of Science in Aviation Leadership at Liberty University and works at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development as an Aviation Safety and Compliance Officer.