Maj. Ryan P. Lemaire is the new Air Force Detachment 1, 586th Flight Test Squadron Commander.
Lemaire has 13 years of experience in the Air Force and is the first member in his family to join the military.
Where are you from and where is home for you?
Lafayette, Louisiana, and that’s home too. My family and my wife’s family are still there. My wife’s from a smaller town but the same area.
Who are your family members?
My wife and our two daughters. We don’t have any pets, it’s just the four of us.
When you were younger what did you aspire to be?
I’ve always wanted to be an engineer and have never really wandered from engineering.
I wanted to do aviation in college but engineering provided me with more flexibility.
What led you to Air Force?
I was always interested in the military. None of my family members are in the military but I always admired how squared away they were. I was always interested in engineering and technology and the Air Force seemed to be the most advanced in technology and cutting edge. I signed up in college for two years and enlisted in my last year in 2003. The Air Force paid me to be in college and then I went straight into Officer Training School. I thought about the Air Force Academy but since I didn’t have family members and Louisiana paid for me to go for free, so I deferred from that for a while.
What have you learned from previous leadership roles?
I’ve learned that when you have really good people working for you, you let them do their job, they’re the experts. If you try to dictate they won’t respond well and you don’t have a complete understanding of what they do. I learned to trust them to do their job and value their opinion as opposed to dictating what I think is right.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank who helped guide you to where you are today?
Obviously my family and in every job I’ve had there’s always been a senior leader I’ve stuck to who has provided valuable guidance. I’m pretty lucky to have good leaders to guide me to the next level.
What do you and your family like to do for fun?
My family loves Disney so we generally go every year. We’re going to both Disney World and Disneyland this year. In the day to day I just play in the backyard with the kids when I get home, my older daughter is into Nintendo now. They keep us pretty busy.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like any sport as long as it’s outside. The one I play the most is golf. I need to find time to play more.
How do you feel about coming to WSMR?
It wasn’t on my list of places to go to but I secretly wanted to come back to Test and Evaluation. I’ve got a good leadership opportunity to get a command position and I’m excited.
What do you hope to accomplish while you’re here?
Leave the organization better than how I found it.