Lieutenant Colonel RYAN ROSSI


Lt Col Ryan C. Rossi currently serves as the Commander of the 62d Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.  The 62 OSS enables the daily execution of airlift, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, and humanitarian missions around the globe supporting U.S. national interests.  Lt Col Rossi commands more than 270 military and civilian personnel, as well as eight unique flights with 13 Air Force Specialty Codes including Airfield Operations, Current Operations, Weather, Intelligence, Readiness, Tactics, Aircrew Training, and Aircrew Flight Equipment.

Lt Col Rossi received his commission from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2006 while attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL.  Lt Col Rossi has 16 years of active duty service and is a Senior Pilot with more than 3,500 hours flying in the T-6A, T-1A, MC-12W, and C-17A.  He has flown combat missions in operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve.

Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Rossi was the Chief, Nuclear Airlift Operations, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.  In this position he was responsible for maintaining the Air Force’s only Prime Nuclear Airlift Force, supporting nuclear airlift operations for the Department of Defense nuclear stockpile and the Department of Energy’s special nuclear material. 


2006  Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (Cum Laude), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ, Daytona Beach, FL

2006  Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2013  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

2013  Master of Science in Aeronautical Science (with Distinction), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ, Dayton Beach, FL

2019  Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS


1.  September 2006 - March 2007, Scheduler, 60th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FL

2.  March 2007 - April 2008, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, 86th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin Air Force Base, TX

3.  June 2008 - August 2008, Student, C-17A Pilot Initial Qualification, Altus Air Force Base, OK

4.  October 2008 - January 2013, C-17A Aircraft Commander, Executive Officer, 4th Airlift Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, WA (October 2011 - May 2012, MC-12W Mission Commander and Tactics Officer, 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan)

5.  January 2013 - May 2013, Student, Pilot Instructor Training, 559th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph Air Force Base, TX

6.  May 2013 – September 2016, T-1A Instructor Pilot, Executive Officer, 71st Operations Group, Vance Air Force Base, OK

7. September 2016 – January 2017, C-17A Aircraft Commander Requalification Training, Altus Air Force Base, OK

8. January 2017 – June 2018, C-17A Instructor Pilot, Deputy Chief of Wing Plans, 437th Air Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC

9. June 2018 – July 2019, Student, Command General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS

10. July 2019 – July 2022, Chief, Nuclear Airlift Branch, HQ Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL

11. July 2022 – May 2023, Director of Operations, 62d Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

12. May 2023 – Present, Commander, 62d Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA



Rating: Senior Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 3,500, including over 1300 combat hours

Aircraft flown:  T-6A, T-1A, MC-12W, C-17A


Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Air Medal with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal



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Second Lieutenant May 31, 2006
First Lieutenant May 31, 2008

Captain May 31, 2010

Major August 1, 2016

Lieutenant Colonel December 14, 2020


(Current as of May 2023)