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High Ranking Military Official to meet students, community at University of Akron March 22

Published: March 20, 2017 2:02 PM
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AKRON, Ohio – Rear Admiral June Ryan, the highest ranking U.S. military officer in Ohio, will discuss the role of the U.S. Coast Guard in countering maritime security challenges at The University of Akron on Wednesday, March 22.

Ryan will share her career experiences, potential career opportunities in homeland security, the various missions of the U.S Coast Guard and explain how the service responds to emergencies in the Great Lakes region that could impact homeland security.

Rear Adm. Ryan is the senior Coast Guard commander for the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway, an area that covers eight states, a 1,500 mile international border and a workforce of more than 6,000 Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women.

“Having Rear Adm. Ryan speak at UA is an honor,” said Elizabeth Guran, visiting assistant professor in the department of disaster science and emergency services. “This is a great opportunity for students and anyone interested in homeland security to gain insight and in particular learn about the U.S. Coast Guard’s role in emergency management and homeland security issues.”

She has received many military honors including two Defense Superior Service Medals, three Legion of Merits, six Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals and two Coast Guard Commendation Medals. In addition, she was the first woman to move up the military ranks from junior enlisted to Flag officer.

Rear Adm. Ryan will speak to UA students, faculty, staff and members of the Akron community on Wednesday, March 22, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on the University of Akron campus. All are welcome to attend this free event.

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