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The 1st Armored Division’s newest one star, Brig. Gen. Michael A. Ryan, puts on his Kevlar reflecting his new rank as son Sean watches during a ceremony Friday at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany.

The 1st Armored Division’s newest one star, Brig. Gen. Michael A. Ryan, puts on his Kevlar reflecting his new rank as son Sean watches during a ceremony Friday at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany. (Andrew Orillion / U.S. Army)

Michael A. Ryan, the 1st Armored Division’s assistant division commander for maneuvers, was promoted to brigadier general and received his first star at a ceremony Friday at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany.

Maj. Gen. Fred D. Robinson Jr., the division commander, officially pinned the one-star rank on Ryan, and praised his leadership and accomplishments in his current position, which he has held since July 2005.

According to a 1st AD news release, Ryan then donned a pistol belt and Kevlar helmet with his new rank and addressed those present.

“With every promotion there is a greater opportunity to train and care for our soldiers, to fight bureaucracy and apply common scene to challenges,” the release quoted him saying. “If you accept a promotion with the intent of doing everything in your power to make a positive impact on the unit and its soldiers, then I suspect that you will never be disappointed.”


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