Supporting Our Veterans with Dennis Davis and Vice Admiral Norb R. Ryan Jr., USN-Retired

During this week’s radio show you will learn about:

  • The Challenges and Stigma Associated with Returning Home From War
  • Why Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a Normal Response to War and Adversity
  • How Society Can Support and Empower Our Veterans to Achieve Greatness
  • Why Healing and Support of Our Veterans Matter to Create a Legacy of Healthy Americans
Dennis Davis  

As founder of talent acquisition consulting firm Metafrazo (, Dennis brings diverse talent acquisition experience spanning several industries and most functional areas. Covering more  than 10 years, he has worked on assignments including contract & contract to permanent hiring, contingency based searches and direct internal hires. Dennis provides expertise in hiring for operations, sales, IT and various corporate support positions for both non-exempt and exempt level employees. He has provided strategic leadership and tactical execution support for teams of 14 members in support of more than 2,000 positions across most of the United States. He is the author of “Not Your Average Joe: Profiles of Military Core Values and Why They Matter in the Private Sector” (May 2013) and co-author of “Not Your Average Joe: An Epidemic of Distortions – Veteran PTSD” (Fall 2014).

In addition to his corporate experience, Dennis brings over 11 years of service in the US Air Force

Reserves (still actively serving) and several years of active duty service in the US Navy. Enlisting in 1991, he served as a Gunner’s Mate with responsibility for the Mark 41 Vertical Launch Missile System aboard the USS Shiloh (CG-67). He was honorably discharged in 1994 and returned to school to finish his undergraduate degree prior to reenlisting in the Air Force Reserves in 2003. He completed schooling in

Security Forces before being selected to receive his commission through the Deserving Airman program and completed the commissioning process as a graduate of the Academy of Military Science in 2005.

Currently a Captain, he is responsible for the 934th Airlift Wing Education and Training office, supporting more than 1,600 personnel with education benefits, on the job training requirements and skill level certification testing.

Dennis has deployed twice in support of both Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. A highly decorated veteran, after completing just one year of commissioned service in 2006 he was selected as the Air Force Reserve Command Company Grade Officer of the Year for his career field. In June of 2014 Dennis was presented with the Hero of the Year for the military community by the American Red Cross, Northern MN Region.

A four year letterman in football, Dennis obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

You can learn more about Dennis here.


Vice Admiral Ryan

VADM Ryan is a 1967 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a graduate of George Washington University with a Master of Science Degree in Personnel Administration as well as the Senior Officials in National Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ryan has commanded aviation units at the squadron, wing, and fleet levels and has directed the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. He served as the 52nd Chief of Naval Personnel before retiring and assuming his current position in September 2002.

Ryan is the recipient of the 2014 Military Hero Award from the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) honoring  those who have demonstrated leadership in providing support and services to returning servicemembers and veterans and their families.

He was named the 2010 Association Executive of the Year by Association TRENDS, a national trade publication.  He is the first military officer to win this award in its 35-year history.

Additionally, under Ryan’s leadership, MOAA has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper for the past seven years, and the only military service organization so listed for the last five years.

The Admiral and his wife Judy have two adult children and one granddaughter and reside in Fairfax Station, Va.

You can read more about Vice Admiral Ryan here.

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