MAJ Ryan L. Worthan ’97 Receives Nininger Award

Categories: Nininger Award, Events & Awards
Class Years:

Current Assignment: Company Commander, Ranger Training Brigade
Promoted to Major on 1 SEP 06
Graduated from USMA–June 1997 (Systems Engineering major; Dean’s list); Commissioned Infantry
Captain of the Army Rugby Team
Qualified Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Air Assault, CIB

Medals and Awards:
• Silver Star
• Bronze Star (2)
• Meritorious Service Medal
• Army Commendation Medal (3)

Combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq

Representative Assignments:
• Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader
• Ranger Platoon Leader
• Ranger Support Platoon Leader
• Light Infantry Company Commander
• Company Commander, the Ranger Training Brigade

Read MAJ Worthan’s acceptance speech.

Read Assembly article about the 2006 Nininger Award.

Nininger Award

This Award is named in recognition of the heroic actions of Second Lieutenant Alexander R. Nininger, USMA Class of 1941. After commissioning, LT Nininger was sent to the Philippines attached to the 57th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts. During the first month of the Japanese invasion, Nininger voluntarily joined another company because his unit was not yet engaged in combat. He was posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor in World War II for actions near Abucay, Bataan on Jan 12, 1942.
The Alexander R. Nininger Award is funded by a generous endowment from E. Doug Kenna ’45 and his wife, Jean.

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