Lint Center Announces the Appointment of Ryan Sofranko as Chief Operations Officer

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Sofranko to Chief Operations Officer.

Mr. Sofranko first joined the Lint Center as a marketing coordinator in July 2014. Since that time, he has taken on numerous key roles and positions, having previously acted as Operations Coordinator and Operations Manager. Mr. Sofranko exemplified his dedication to the Lint Center’s operations and the key abilities of problem-solving, operations research, and verbal communication that makes a both a volunteer and a manager successful. He has proved to be an indispensable member of the Lint Center’s team, responsible for managing and standardizing day-to-day operations, overseeing the selection and coordination process of new volunteers, and serving as lead project manager for a majority of Lint Center operations. In recognition of his dedication and professionalism to the Lint Center mission, he was awarded a Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2015. Sofranko will continue to manage the day-to-day operations with our non-paid all volunteer staff.

“We are delighted to recognize the hard work and dedicated efforts of key members of our volunteer team,” said Mr. James R. Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Ryan has made a tremendous impact on our mission and his professionalism exceptional. We are extremely pleased to further integrate him into the leadership team at the center and look forward to having him continue to propel the center’s success in the years to come.”

“We must never take our security for granted,” said Ryan Sofranko, Chief Operations Officer for the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “One of the many reasons I decided to volunteer with the Lint Center was because of the clear commitment to empower those who have dedicated their lives to the security of our nation. National security is a generational effort and we must work diligently to continue that tradition.”

“I am tremendously proud of all our scholarship winners, each of whom has an inspiring story and history of accomplishments. Mr. Sofranko continued, “Lastly, I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication displayed by our all-volunteer staff. We would not be able to accomplish our mission without every one you. It is an honor to work alongside of you each and every day.”

Mr. Sofranko completed his B.S. in Information Systems Security from American Military University and will graduate with an M.S. in Data Analytics from Southern New Hampshire University in January 2017. While at Southern New Hampshire University, Sofranko was awarded the university’s Veteran Scholarship in recognition for his academic achievement in his graduate program.

Mr. Sofranko has nine years of active duty service in the United States Air Force where he currently serves in the Airfield Management career field. He has held assignments in Mississippi, Virginia, Korea, and Hawaii and has deployed to the Middle East. Currently, Mr. Sofranko is assigned to Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces where he coordinates the joint use of international airspace with host nation partners. Recognizing his exceptional performance, U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson, the former Pacific Air Forces commander, presented Sofranko with a unique promotion through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program in January 2016. His personal decorations and accommodations include two Air Force Commendation Medals, three Air Force Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Korean Defense Service Medal.

This press release was prepared by Lint Center volunteer, Lael Hardtman.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit