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Richard T. Ryer is the Vice-Chairman and co-CEO of Apollo Security International (ASI) which is headquartered in the United States, with security and related responsibilities for major Fortune 200 clients on five continents. Mr. Ryer retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel, having served on active duty for 27 years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a MA Degree in National Security Affairs and Middle East Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School. He studied Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish, and Tagalog at both the Defense Language and the Foreign Service Institutes in Monterrey and Washington.
Colonel Ryer began his Air Force career as an Intelligence Officer and was subsequently selected for duty with the USAF Office of Special Investigations (OSI). Later he trained as a combat pilot and survived over 333 wartime missions in A-37s during an eventful tour of duty in Southeast Asia. For this achievement, he was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism in combat flight operations. Over the space of thirty years flying both military and civilian aircraft, Colonel Ryer clocked several thousand hours of flight time. Following these early achievements, Colonel Ryer was selected as an Air Officer Commander at the U.S. Air Force Academy and then spent several years as a decorated Air and later Defense Attache and Director of Military Assistance Group (MAG) operations in countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Once his distinguished military career was over, Colonel Ryer worked as an advisor and consultant in various sensitive private and government capacities overseas. He parlayed these experiences, as well as his leadership and operational skills, into his successful co-ownership of ASI which has grown into one of the largest privately owned security operations in the United States. For over 30 years, Colonel Ryer has engaged in philanthropic and community activities, both within the United States and abroad. He has been a member of the NCF Advisory Board since August 2010. Colonel Ryer and his family currently reside in the United States.