McCullough, Sergeant Ryan P.
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passed away on January 24, 2014 at HAAF, Savannah, Georgia. Ryan was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 6, 1985. SGT McCullough enlisted into active duty as a 15T, UH-60 crew chief. Upon completion of training, SGT McCullough spent over 30 months serving in Germany and arrived to Bravo Company, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion in March 2011. He completed two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal and the Basic Aviation Badge. SGT McCullough most recently served as the UH-60 Team Chief and a Downed Aircraft Recovery Team NCO in Bravo Company, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion. He was a dedicated Non-Commissioned Officer who was professional, competent, and concerned with the welfare of those he served with. He always followed the motto of "Never leave a fallen comrade". SGT McCullough is survived by his wife Erica, son Ellis, brothers Jacob and Nicholas; dad Lt Col (ret) James "Chainsaw" McCullough and step mom Jae; mom SMSgt (ret) Cheryl and step dad Bill Engelson. SGT McCullough was placed to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on February 10, 2014. Please visit www.phoenixmemorialmortuary.com to leave condolences for his family. The family has requested donations go to the "Ryan McCullough Memorial Fund" checks can be mailed to First Command Bank, PO Box 901041, Fort Worth, TX 76101-2041.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 21, 2014