Col. Richard Ryan Coyle was commissioned in June 1995, after graduating from the United States Military Academy. Upon graduation from the Aviation Officer Basic Course and OH-58D aircraft qualification course, Coyle was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, from 1997 until 2000. During this period, he served as a platoon leader, flight operations officer, assistant S3, and squadron battle captain in the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. He deployed to Bosnia from September of 1998 to August 1999 in support of Operation Joint Forge, serving as a 4th Aviation Brigade 1st Cavalry Division battle captain and as an aviation liaison officer.
Upon completion of the Aviation Captain’s Career Course in December, 2000, Coyle was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He first served as an assistant S3 and then took command of Outlaw Troop. Coyle then took command of HHT and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 2003 until July of 2004. He was then assigned as a Cavalry / Attack observer controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center.
Coyle departed Fort Polk and spent a year in Washington D.C. at Georgetown University where he earned a master’s degree in Public Policy Management. He then spent a year at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, completing the Command and General Staff College in July of 2007.
In 2008, Coyle served as the battalion executive officer of the 4-58th Airfield Operations Battalion, Camp Humphreys, Korea. Upon departing Korea, Coyle became the squadron S3 for 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. After serving as the Squadron S3, he then served as the squadron executive officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August of 2009 until August of 2010. Coyle departed Hawaii in July of 2011 and where he then served for 9 months as an aviation planner on the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) staff. From May of 2012 until June of 2015, Coyle served as the squadron commander of the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. In July of 2015, Coyle assumed responsibilities as the Doctrine Division Chief, in the Directorate of Training and Doctrine, United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, the Master Army Aviator Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
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