Ryan Gavina Class Of 2007


Ryan Gavina is from the northern suburbs of Chicago (Mundelein, IL), and attended the USAFA Prep School before joining the Gus Grissom Class of 2007. As a 4-degree, Ryan was a Proud Pink Panther with Cadet Squadron 36, before he made the long journey to become a Huge Wild Weasel with Cadet Squadron 35 for the remainder of his three years at USAFA. While there, Ryan was involved with the Cadet Catholic Choir, served on squadron, group, and wing staffs, and was one of the founding members of the cadet-run a cappella group “In The Stairwell”. On active duty, Ryan attended Undergraduate Pilot Training in Del Rio, TX and served assignments as a C-17A Instructor Pilot at McChord AFB, WA and T-6A Instructor Pilot at Columbus, MS. In 2014, Ryan left active duty to join the WV Air National Guard instructing in the C-17A and fly for the airlines. As an active airline pilot, he lives in the North Fort Worth area with his wife, Caitlin, and his three boys, Matthew (7), Mason (4), and Maddox (1). When he is not flying, Ryan moonlights as a chauffeur for three young kids, and loves to smoke meat and build furniture. 

Candidacy Statement

Fellow graduates and classmates, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to run for one of the seats on the Board of Directors for the USAFA Association of Graduates. The United States Air Force Academy is where it all started for me. It is where we all started the journey towards the Long Blue Line. In four short years, I received a top-notch education, gained invaluable leadership skills and training, and forged a lifelong bond with classmates who became friends. At the Academy and the years since, integrity, transparency, and servant leadership served as cornerstones for how I’ve built my life and are ideals I would like to continue to employ as a member of the Board of Directors. Now, it is time for me to give back to our fine institution and continue to work for our graduates and cadets.  I would like the opportunity to serve you, our Academy, and the Long Blue Line!