Lieutenant Junior Grade Jeff Ryan is a pilot in the U.S. Navy assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21. LTJG Ryan is a 2008 Naval Academy graduate preparing for an upcoming deployment with the 2515th Navy Air Ambulance Detachment and will be sharing his experiences leading up to and during his deployment with you here on NavyLive. Before his first post, we wanted to ask him a few questions so you can get to know him.
CHINFO: How did you get where you are now?/Did you always know you wanted to be in Navy?
LTJG RYAN: I started flying at fourteen when my Dad got me a glider lesson, and I’ve been flying ever since. I saw joining the Navy as an incredible opportunity and one that would let me keep flying.
CHINFO: What’s the coolest part of your job as a pilot in the U.S. Navy?
LTJG RYAN: Is it redundant to say the flying? In less than two years I’ve done loops, spins, and barrel rolls, I’ve flown on NVGs, landed on ships and in dried-up river beds, and I even parked my plane next to Jimmy Buffett’s once!
CHINFO: What are you most nervous/excited about leading up to your deployment?
LTJG RYAN: There are three of us deploying for the first time, and we’re all excited about turning our two years of training into operational flying. At the same time, we know that the training wheels are off now and we’re expected to fly like it.
CHINFO: Where is your hometown? What do you miss most about home?
LTJG RYAN: Trick question! I was born and raised in San Diego where I’m now stationed. But when I go on deployment I will miss almost the entire Padres season which is pretty upsetting.
CHINFO: What’s your favorite holiday food/tradition?
LTJG RYAN: My grandpa makes these incredible tacos every year. He slow-cooks the meat overnight and fries the tortillas himself. The most I’ve ever eaten is seven, but I plan on setting a new personal best this year.
Please give LTJG Ryan a warm welcome and provide any questions or comments you have for him by leaving a comment!