Ryan C. Edmondson
Army Sgt. Ryan C. Edmondson has returned to Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska after being deployed to Afghanistan for one year. The soldier is one of 3,500 members of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry
Division stationed at Fort Richardson. Airborne combat team members included soldiers assigned to one of six battalions and regiments of the 25th Infantry Division.
The airborne brigade served in three eastern provinces of Afghanistan, which included the Paktya, Paktika and Khost. Some of the challenges the brigade soldiers faced included poverty, unemployment, security, and management of natural resources and government institutions. Soldiers improved roads, provided vocational training in construction and civics, improved and re-opened 29 schools, remodeled six medical clinics and improved three district courthouses.
While deployed in Afghanistan, he was decorated with the Combat Action Badge, the NATO Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
Edmondson, a healthcare specialist (combat medic), is normally assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion. He has served in the military for eight years.
He is the son of Sally L. Criss, St. Phillips Drive, Evansville, and stepson of James G. Searcy of W. Happy Holler Road, Brazil.
The specialist is a 2001 graduate of Northview High School, Brazil.