“Air Force Master Sgt. Phil Ryan takes notes in his office at
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 17, 2014. Ryan is the
62nd Airlift Wing inspector general complaint resolution superintendent
and a reserve police officer in Yelm, Wash.”
Photo credit: U.S. Air Force by Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin
“Air Force Master Sgt. Phil Ryan received the call early in his shift.”
“Ryan, the superintendent of complaint resolution for the 62nd Airlift Wing’s inspector general’s office at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., responded to the call and located the vehicle in the crowded parking lot.”
“If this sounds a bit beyond the scope of the Air Force IG’s mission, there’s a good reason for that. Ryan was not responding to the call as a member of the Air Force; he was responding under his role as a sworn peace officer, working for the Yelm Police Department here.
While not conducting investigations for the IG, the master sergeant spends dozens of hours of his free time each month as Officer Ryan, patrolling the streets of Yelm as a reserve police officer. He has about 800 hours of experience patrolling the streets after spending about 400 hours training at the police academy — all without pay.
Ryan said his Air Force career has both helped and been helped by his experiences in law enforcement.
‘I find the two jobs complement each other well,’ he said. ‘Like law enforcement, working in complaint resolution involves investigative work,'” quoting Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin, 62nd Airlift Wing, US Dept. of Defense American Forces Press Service.