Department Chair and Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Burkert is an Army aviation officer who commissioned from the United States Military Academy – West Point. In July 2017, he was appointed as the Department Chair and Professor of Military Science at the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento’s Army ROTC programs.
Lieutenant Colonel Burkert’s most recent assignments were with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Before his staff assignments, he served over 8 years leading and flying in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Prior to his assessment and selection with the 160th SOAR, he also led and flew with B/214th Aviation Regiment in Hawaii.
He is a Master Army Aviator and rated CH-47D and MH-47E/G Chinook helicopter pilot with numerous global deployments, including multiple combat rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan. His military awards and decorations include three Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Air Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal, four Afghanistan Campaign Medals, three Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Ribbons, two Overseas Service Ribbons, a NATO Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation Award, and a Combat Action Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Burkert holds a B.S. in Art, Philosophy, and Literature from West Point, a M.S. in Management, Strategy, and Leadership from Michigan State University, and a M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.