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Ray K. Ragan

Ray K. Ragan has a long and proven track record, both in military and civilian service. Ray's first success came in winning the Adobe Site of the Day award for his web work. Ray was later recognized by Forbes for his web work as well.

Ray volunteered and enlisted for military service after establishing himself as a an expert in leveraging the web as a communication platform in Phoenix, Ariz. He was selected for Officer Candidate School, where he graduated and accepted his commission in the Arizona Army National Guard.

As an officer, Ray served on Operation Jump Start in a Joint environment with Customs and Border Protection in Arizona. The National Guard awarded Ray the Army Commendation Medal for his development of a web application that presented a unified and common operating picture. Thanks to Ray's vision, Taskforce Arizona became the model for the other States participating in the operation. The information system allowed all the Joint Sections to easily and effectively share information, while allowing headquarters to accurately report current and future force to National Guard Bureau and Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C.

Ray later became a Public Affairs Officer and deployed again, this time to Iraq. While deployed to Iraq, Ray developed from scratch an information system and Media Operation Center that allowed the Command to centrally receive information from all the subordinate units and distribute information back to the United States. Ray earned the Bronze Star Medal for his development of the system and his many contributions against an armed enemy.

While deployed, Ray was injured by disease that left him paralyzed in the face and robbed his hearing in the left ear. Despite the insistence of the doctors, Ray requested to stay in Iraq to finish his mission. Ray finished the mission and returned home.

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