Alumni Profiles

Learn How People Have Gained from ROTC

One of the best ways to see if Army ROTC is right for you is to learn how alumni have benefited from the experience. See how the skills they learned in ROTC have helped them build successful and satisfying careers.

CPT Ryan Poyant (BU ’03)

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CPT Ryan Poyant

CPT Poyant graduated from Boston University in 2003 with a BA in Political Science, and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant with the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He was assigned to Howitzer Battery, First Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment and deployed to Iraq from January through April 2004 in the Al Qaim region of the Al Anbar Province, along the Syrian border. He deployed again with the Regiment from March 2005 to February 2006 into southwest Baghdad and then moved north to the Nineveh Province where he served in governance and business development. He completed his active service in the Army in June of 2007 and was subsequently invited by the US Department of State to serve on one of their new Provincial Reconstruction Teams, in South Diyala Province, Iraq. He returned to Iraq for a third time to serve as that team’s Governance Specialist until August 2008.  He completed his Masters in Public Administration degree from Suffolk University in January 2010.  He is currently serving in the US Army Reserves as the Military History Instructor for Army ROTC at Boston University.  His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and recognized as Massachusetts first Veteran of the Month. He calls Massachusetts home.


CPT Ian A. Eder (BU ’09)

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Captain Ian A. Eder


CPT Eder is originally from Paxton, MA and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Boston University Class of 2009. Upon graduation and commissioning, CPT Eder attended the Armor Officer Basic Course, Army Reconnaissance Course, Stryker Leader Course, and Ranger School.Following Ranger School in fall of 2010, CPT Eder served as an Operations Officer for 3-1 CAV, 3ABCT, 3ID at Kelley Hill, Fort Benning, GA while also attending Airborne School.CPT Eder was assigned as 1st Platoon Leader of Comanche Troop, 3-1 CAV in the spring of 2011, and served in this position for 18 months. During this time he completed several stabilized and unstabilized gunneries with his HMMMWV-Bradley Scout Platoon, and led 1st Platoon through the National Training Center’s first Direct Action rotation.In the summer of 2012, CPT Eder was assigned to Assassin Troop, 3-1 CAV as the Executive Officer, where he served for 9 months. In April of 2013, he assumed duties as the Armor School Commandant’s Aide de Camp, COL(P) Quintas.In his civilian studies, he holds a Bachelor’s of Arts, with a major in History and a minor in Religion.He holds Superior qualifications on the M3A3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle and the HMMWV-mounted .50 caliber machine gun, and Expert Qualifications on the M9 pistol, M4 Carbine, and M240L Light Machine Gun.CPT Eder’s military decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal(1 Oak Leaf Cluster), German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge(Gold), Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and Silver Spurs.He is married to the former Eve Saucier of Cumberland, RI and currently resides in Columbus, GA.