LtCol Ryan Benjamin Cohen was born in Honolulu Hawaii on 20 December, 1978 and raised as a Marine Corps dependent. Upon graduation from high school he attended Florida Community College Jacksonville (FCCJ) where he earned an Associate’s Degree. He then attended University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida where he earned a minor in Chemistry and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
In May of 2002, LtCol Cohen was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and enrolled into The Basic School. Upon graduation, LtCol Cohen was assigned the Infantry Military Occupational Specialty and graduated the Infantry Officer Course in the summer of 2003. Major Cohen was then assigned as an Infantry Platoon Commander in Company ‘F’, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines.
During his tour with 2/3, he also served as a Weapons platoon Commander and company executive officer, completing two deployments between 2003 and 2006 with the 31st MEU and an OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) deployment. During the 31st MEU deployment he served as 1st Platoon Commander as well as the Sparrow Hawk Platoon Commander. For the OEF deployment he served as the weapons platoon commander and Company Fire Support Officer, as well as a maneuver element leader in Laghman and Kunar Provinces, Afghanistan.
From 2006 to 2009, LtCol Cohen then reported to Tactical Training Exercise Control Group (TTECG), Twenty-Nine Palms, California where he served as a Coyote for the Urban Warfare Training Center. In January of 2009, he attended the Maneuver Captains Career Course in Fort Benning, Georgia. LtCol Cohen subsequently assigned to 2d Battalion, 4th Marines as the Assistant Operations Officer. From October 2009 to March 2010, LtCol Cohen served as the Assistant Operations Officer for Battalion Landing Team 2/4 with the 11th MEU.
From March 2010 to October 2010, LtCol Cohen was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines as the Kilo Company Commander. During this combat deployment in support of OEF, LtCol Cohen served in the most contested and kinetic areas of operation of Musa Qaleh and Sangin Districts, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Upon return LtCol Cohen executed orders to SOI West to run Infantry Squad Leader’s Course and Infantry Unit Leader’s Course at the most premier infantry training ground of School of Infantry West.
From November 2011 to June 2014 LtCol Cohen was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Manpower Management Enlisted Assignments as the Deputy of MMEA-2 in Quantico Virginia. From June 2014 to June 2017, LtCol Cohen was assigned as the Commanding Officer Recruiting Station Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Upon completing a recruiting tour, LtCol Cohen attended Command and General Staff College as a student aboard Quantico Virginia. Upon completing Command and Staff in June of 2018, LtCol Cohen was assigned as the Operations Officer for 6th Marine Regiment in Camp Lejeune, Carolina. In March of 2019, the 6th Marines Command Element formed Task Force Southwest 19.2, and deployed to Helmand Province Afghanistan.
Upon redeployment in February 2020, LtCol Cohen finished out his time as the 6th Marines Operations Officer before assuming Command of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines in July 2020. LtCol Cohen’s Personal Combat Decorations include the following: The Silver Star, Purple Heart (Second Award), Meritorious Service Medal (Second Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with combat distinguishing device), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. LtCol Cohen was also the Runner Up for the Leftwich Combat Leadership Award for the Marine Corps.
In May 2002, LtCol Cohen married the former Jennifer Anne Millay of Pompano Beach, Florida. They have three boys and one girl, Bryce Taylor (16), Gavin Donavin (13), Ryder Bradley (10), and Julia Woods (4).