Ryan was born and raised in a small town in central Minnesota where his father started him hunting, and fishing at a young age. This lead to a life-long appreciation of the outdoors. After joining the USAF at 18, the adventure never stopped. Ryan has made a career in the fighter jet industry and currently leads a contractor team dedicated to fly and fight with the F-35 Lightning II at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Over the last 20 + years he has visited over 30 counties and 46 of the United States. He and his wife enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and skydiving. Their love of skydiving has lead to instructor ratings, a demonstration jump rating and an FAA rigger certification.