Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Gorecki is an Air Force officer, B-52H pilot, and Air War College Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.
He was a B-52H squadron commander in North Dakota, leading a 90-person organization in executing an annual $147 million flying program. His squadron executed multiple nuclear weapon and strategic communications flights, conducted assurance and deterrence missions over Europe, the Arctic, and South America, relocated to South Dakota for four months, and deployed to the Asia-Pacific theater. While deployed, his squadron conducted 28 Freedom of Navigation operations in the South/East China Seas, conducted a Show of Force following a nuclear weapon event on the Korean peninsula, and integrated with Navy, Marine, Korean, Japanese, and Australian forces.
He deployed seven times supporting operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pacific theater. While working at the Pentagon, he deployed to Afghanistan and supervised all kinetic and non-kinetic air operations across the country.
He has a B.S. in Management, and a minor in Japanese, from the United States Air Force Academy; a MBA from Baker College, a M.A. from Air Command Staff College, and a M.P. in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.