Since 1929, the Military Officers Association of America has been helping soldiers both in and out of uniform. Retired Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan, president of the association, joined Pentagon Solutions with Francis Rose to discuss the group’s priorities for the year.
The No. 1 issue, Ryan said, is promoting a strong national defense and maintaining the commitments made to the uniformed services.
VADM Ryan is a 1967 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a graduate of George Washington University with a Master of Science Degree in Personnel Administration as well as the Senior Officials in National Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ryan has commanded aviation units at the squadron, wing, and fleet levels and has directed the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. He served as the 52nd Chief of Naval Personnel before retiring and assuming his current position in September 2002.
Admiral Ryan was named 2010 Association Executive of the Year by Association TRENDS, a national trade publication. He is the first military officer to win this award in its 32-year history.
Under Ryan’s leadership, MOAA has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper for the past six years, and the only military service organization so listed for the last three years.
The Admiral and his wife Judy have two adult children and one grandchild and reside in Fairfax Station, Va.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.