24th Regimental Command Sergeant Major Ryan M. McLane
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command Sergeant Major Ryan M. McLane is a native of Waynesville, Illinois. He enlisted in the Army on 26 May 1994 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Benning, Georgia where he trained as a Mechanized Infantryman (11M).

CSM McLane most recently served as the 3rd ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division “GREYWOLF” Command Sergeant Major and was the Acting Division CSM for 1st Cavalry Division for nine months. He has served in every leadership position from Team Leader to Brigade Command Sergeant Major. CSM McLane served as the Battalion CSM for 1-77AR, 3ABCT, 1AD at Fort Bliss and as the 1SBCT, 1AD Operations SGM. CSM McLane served as the Operations Sergeant and HHC First Sergeant for the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA and served as the First Sergeant for two separate companies in Fort Riley, KS.

CSM McLane’s stateside assignments include Fort Hood, TX, Fort Riley, KS, Fort Polk, LA, and Fort Bliss, TX. His overseas assignments include four tours in the Republic of Korea. CSM McLane has also deployed to Iraq three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

CSM McLane’s military education includes the Unit Prevention Leader Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Airborne Course, Bradley Infantry Vehicle Master Gunner Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, JRTC O/C Course, Master Resiliency Training Course, Basic Leader’s Course, Advanced Leader’s Course, Senior Leader’s Course, 1SGs Course, and is a graduate of Class 66 from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. His civilian education includes a High School Diploma from Mt. Pulaski High School and he is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior University.

CSM McLane’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Valorous Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Citation. Additional awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award). CSM McLane also holds the Master Gunner Identification Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge. CSM McLane is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. (Photo Credit: Courtesy)
24th Regimental Command Sergeant Major assumes responsibility of 11th ACR
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command Sergeant Major Anthony Walker, Senior Enlisted Advisor, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, passes the unit’s colors to Colonel Todd W. Hook, Regimental Commander, Fritz Field, Fort Irwin, Calif., on March 2nd, 2022. The passing of the colors is done to signify the end of his term as part of the Change of Responsibility Ceremony. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Bradley Parrish) VIEW ORIGINAL
24th Regimental Command Sergeant Major assumes responsibility of 11th ACR
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Colonel Todd W. Hook, Regimental Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, speaks at the Regimental Change of Responsibility ceremony on Fritz Field, Fort Irwin, Calif., on March 2nd, 2022. This time is the last public opportunity for him to thank the outgoing Command Sergeant Major for their work. (Photo Credit: Capt. Evan Cain) VIEW ORIGINAL

U.S. Army Regimental Command Sergeant Major Anthony Walker relinquished responsibility of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment to Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan M. McLane on Fritz Field, Fort Irwin, Calif., on March 2nd, 2022. Command Sgt. Maj. Walker has dedicated 30 years to the Army, with the last 32 months in the highest enlisted position in the unit that is “the yardstick with which the Army measures itself”, and will be retiring later this year.

In his address, the Regimental Commander, Colonel Todd W. Hook, praised Command Sgt. Maj. Walker as a man who does rather than say he will do; someone who puts on his uniform to take care of the Troopers, the regiment, and their families; someone who engages with every rank to better himself or the regiment; and someone who teaches, coaches, and mentors Troopers to live by his example. Col. Hook finished by promising, “We will carry forward that which you have worked so hard to build.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Walker’s speech was spent thanking many individuals past and present that helped mold him into who he is today, including leaders in previous units to the regiment’s squadron and operations Sergeant Majors to the civilian-run services on post. He also divulged his leadership style to mentor Soldiers to be better than when he was while rising through the ranks, and expressed pride in his experience with the regiment. “Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed to be assigned to and served with the most outstanding leaders and Soldiers in our Army. Finishing my career with the Blackhorse Regiment, the script couldn’t have been written better.”

Command Sgt. Maj. McLane most recently served as the Command Sergeant Major for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and was the acting division Command Sgt. Maj. for nine months. In his speech, Command Sgt. Maj. McLane encouraged Troopers to be open with him, saying that “I want to learn what drives you as a team member, a Soldier, and a person.”

The full ceremony can be rewatched on the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/11thArmoredCavalryRegiment.