LTC Ryan Strong, USA
Education: North Georgia College, BA English/Sociology, 1992; Central Michigan University, MA in Leadership, 2016
Present Assignment: Leadership Instructor, Department of Command and Leadership at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KSMinistry Involvement:
OCF Member since 2014; OCF Team Lead 2017-2018 at Fort Leavenworth, KS; local chapel/chaplain support; Sunday school teacher and Bible study leader; Spring Canyon and White Sulphur Springs retreat attendee; Marked Men for Christ leader/participant
Growing up, I attended church with my grandmother and mother. They instilled in me a fear and reverence of God. Although baptized in high school, I lost my way until I re-dedicated my life to Jesus when I came to Ft. Leavenworth. I continue to grow closer to Him everyday.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for OCF?
I see commitment and communication as challenges at Ft. Leavenworth—the commitment to find time amongst all other competing priorities where the balance between family, faith, and profession can be misunderstood. We must communicate vision and mission in such a way as to not seem a threat to chaplains and church members that do not see themselves as disciples or missionaries to spread the word, while emphasizing that we are serving Him and building His kingdom, not our own.
Nominated By: LtCol Kurt Ebaugh, USMC (Ret.); LTC Eric Hathaway, USA; MAJ William Lesley, USA; Maj Sarah Schwennesen, USAFR; LTC Colin Wooten, USA (Ret.)