WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --
Rank/Name: 1st Lt. Ryan D. Benson
Unit: 89th Airlift Squadron
Duty Title: Operations Manager/Executive Officer
Hometown: Downey, California
Civilian Job: Conductor, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
Education: I have an Associate in Science degree in aircrew operations from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Hobbies: Flying, cycling, kayaking, hiking and camping, road trips and lake trips. Love to cook or try new restaurants, live bands, breweries, wineries, distilleries and FC Cincy!
Career Goal: As a prior C-17 loadmaster, I love the airlift mission. My ultimate goal is to become a C-17 pilot and contribute to the 89th Airlift Squadron as an Air Reserve Technician/Active Guard Reserve.
What do you like about working at the 445th? : My top three: 1.) Hands down, the awesome people in the 445th I get to work with! As I am spearheading the 89th AS awards and decorations program, it is gratifying to get to recognize those members for their tremendous contributions and service. 2.) The amazing opportunities and support I have to excel in my Air Force career. 3.) The Reserve airlift mission and the local community I have the pleasure to be part of.
Why did you join the Air Force? : My desire to join the Air Force stems from my lifelong passion for both aviation and military service. Serving in the United States Air Force is an honor and has greatly changed my life. Being a prior NCO, I was fortunate to serve as a C-17 loadmaster. The experience was priceless and contributed to my professional aviation career. For me, earning a commissioned pilot slot is the next step to further my career in the Air Force and continue to mature as a skilled aviator and leader. The 445th has given me the opportunity to not only achieve my highest dream, meet new challenges and develop, but also allow me to give back to my country.