Ryan J. McCombie is a retired United States Navy Captain with over 26 years of service. His last duty station was as the Senior Navy Representative and Faculty Instructor at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Captain McCombie was previously the commanding officer of SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) Team Two. Beginning his career with a SEAL tour in Viet Nam, he has trained and served with commandos from all over the world being the 1st American to complete French SEAL training and serving a two year tour with their elite Commando Hubert. He also served as the Operations Officer of the highly regarded Red Cell Team.
Because of his knowledge of French and special operations, he was selected to be the first United States Military Attaché to his nation’s embassy in Brazzaville, Congo. Following that billet, he commanded SEAL Team Two from 1985 to 1987. Captain McCombie then served in high level positions at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC.
Over the years, Captain McCombie has consulted with International American, French and Canadian companies around the world. He is the author of numerous publications, speeches and symposia presentations affecting both civilian and military decision-makers.
After completing his naval service Captain McCombie turned his efforts toward the private sector where he has served as an executive at two financial service firms. He is now an independent business consultant and serves on the Board of Advisers/Directors of several national firms.
Captain McCombie was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania in 1948. He is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, a graduate of Penn State University and the National War College in Washington, DC and a former member of the Centre County United Way Board of Directors. He is a member of the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees and on the Board of Advisers for Outreach Development and chair of the military scholarship foundation of the world campus at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Penn State Mount Nittany Society. Captain McCombie is married with three children and three grandchildren.