Title: 1) Colonel; 2) Staff Judge Advocate (Retired)
Company: 1) United States Army; 2) United States Army National Guard
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Brett P. Rypma, retired Staff Judge Advocate from the United States Army National Guard, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in military law.
Colonel Rypma has cultivated a career of excellence in military service, with over three decades of experience to his credit. From 1992 to 2019, he honorably served in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Colonel prior to his retirement. Over the course of his service, he operated in a number of key roles, particularly those focused on providing legal assistance and trial counsel for various Army divisions. At the onset of his military career, Mr. Rypma operated as an Assistant Judge Advocate for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, between 1992 and 1993.
Before retiring in 2019, Mr. Rypma served as a Staff Judge Advocate for the Joint Force Headquarters of the U.S. Army National Guard, a position he originally took on in 1997. He excelled as a Trial Counsel and Legal Assistant Counsel for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from 1995 to 1997. Furthermore, he was the Chief of the Administrative Law Division and Military Magistrate for the Second Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud in Korea from 1994 to 1995. He also served overseas in The Balkans and Afghanistan. Adjacent to his primary duties, Mr. Rypma held a number of secondary positions during his time in the field, as well, including as a regimental judge advocate for the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville, Tennessee, between 2014 and 2015.
As part of his vocational journey, Mr. Rypma remains active in his community as a civic-minded citizen, regularly contributing and volunteering with Operation Stand Down and Disabled American Veterans. He also previously pursued a higher education, beginning with his time at Ohio University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and English in 1984. He subsequently continued his studies at the Drake University Law School and achieved a Juris Doctor in 1990. Mr. Rypma would later conclude his collegiate career at the United States Army War College after receiving a Master of Science in strategic studies in 2009.
In light of his astute performance in the field, Mr. Rypma has been honored with several accolades over the course of his career, including The Legion of Merit, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. Accounting for his accomplishments, he is notably proud of his dedicated service in the U.S. Army, and he largely attributes his success to his faith and the support of his wife and family. In the coming years, Mr. Rypma hopes to return to school to obtain an advanced degree and later teach at the college level, in addition to assisting those living in underserved communities.
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