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RCSJ Director of Student Affairs & Military Services Awarded State Medals

RCSJ Veteran John Ryder Receives Distinguished Service Medal

Deptford Twp. – Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) Director of Student Affairs & Military Services John Ryder was honored during a State of New Jersey Medal Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Deptford Mall—along with 22 other military members from various conflicts dating back to World War II.

Ryder, of Clayton, received the New Jersey State Distinguished Service Medal and the New Jersey Desert Storm Medal for participation in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991 as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. As the college's director of Military Services, Ryder encourages other veterans to take advantage of the many programs, services and resources available at RCSJ that support student success.

Pictured left to right: Retired Adjutant General Dr. Mark A. Piterski, United States Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class John F. Ryder Jr. and Assemblyman William Spearman.

For more information about RCSJ military education and veteran services, visit or call 856-464-5239.

 The Rowan College of South Jersey's 250-acre Gloucester campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 off of Route 55.

For more information contact

Andrea Stanton at 856-415-2229 | [email protected]
Dianne Carbonetta at 856-494-5655 | [email protected]


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