CPT Ryan T. Leach is an instructor in the Defense and Strategic Studies program.
CPT Leach was commissioned as an Armor officer upon graduation from the University of Eastern Michigan where he majored in History. Stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, he served as an assistant operations officer, scout platoon leader, and civil military operations officers in the 3rd Squadron, 4th United States Cavalry. He completed two successful combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. During the deployment his unit earned multiple Meritorious Unit Citations and Combat Action Streamers.
Upon return from deployment to Afghanistan CPT Leach transitioned to Military Intelligence and attended the Military Intelligence Captains' Career Course. Following completion of the career course he was assigned to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division where he served as the brigade intelligence officer. CPT Leach then served as company commander of the Headquarters Support Company, 2-4 General Support Aviation Battalion.
Following command, CPT Leach attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Master of Arts in History with an emphasis on war and society. His thesis explored the divergence in lesson learning between midgrade and senior Army officers during the 1990s.
CPT Leach teaches courses in Landpower and Military Art. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, Afghan Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, and the Combat Action Badge.