Colonel Michael D. Reilly
United States Marine Corps
Col Reilly graduated from Texas A&M University and was commissioned in Dec 1994. Upon graduation from The Basic School (TBS) and the Infantry Officer’s Course (IOC), he reported to Lima Company, 3rd Bn, 5th Mar in Camp Pendleton, CA for duty as a Rifle Platoon Commander. After completing a deployment with the 31st MEU(SOC), Col Reilly was assigned duties as the 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander. In this capacity he deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border in support of JTF-6 Counter-Drug Operations.
Upon completing a lateral move to the Intelligence MOS in 1998, Col Reilly attended the MAGTF Intel Officer’s Course (MIOC) and reported to the 1st MARDIV G-2 for duties as the Collection Management Officer. Col Reilly served in this capacity until 1999 when he reported to 3rd Bn, 1st Mar to serve as the Intelligence Officer (S-2). During this period he deployed with the 13th MEU(SOC) and participated in Operation STABALIZE, foreign humanitarian assistance in East Timor, and Operation UNIFIED REPSONSE in Aden, Yemen in response to the bombing of the USS Cole.
Upon return from deployment, Col Reilly reported to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Joint Staff J-2 for duty in the Crisis Operations Division. Col Reilly survived the terrorist attack on The Pentagon on 9/11 and deployed with a National Intelligence Support Team (NIST) to Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Qatar, & Yemen in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from November 2001 – May 2002. While assigned to the Joint Staff J-2, he also completed year-long assignments as a Briefing Editor for the J-2 and as the Deputy Director, National Joint Military Intelligence Center (NMJIC).
In June 2004, Col Reilly reported to the III MEF G-2 in Okinawa, Japan for duty as the Future Operations & Deputy Operations Officer. In addition to completing numerous PACOM exercises and counter-terrorism subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs), Col Reilly participated in Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, the S.E. Asian Tsunami HA/DR, as the CSF-536 C-2 Operations Officer. In June 2007, Col Reilly reported for duty as the Commanding Officer, Company H, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion (MCSB) in San Antonio, TX. In this capacity Col Reilly’s company directly supported National Security Agency – Texas (NSA-T) and he was certified as a National Cryptologic Schools (NCS) Faculty Instructor.
In August 2010, Col Reilly reported for duty as the Operations Officer, II MEF(FWD) G-2. Upon deployment to Camp Leatherneck, AF in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM Col Reilly served as the Deputy AC/S C-2, Regional Command (South-West) from March 2011-March 2012. Upon return to Camp Lejeune, NC Col Reilly served as the AC/S G-2, 2d MEB. In June, 2013 Col Reilly assumed command of the 3d Intelligence Battalion where he formalized and established the 3rd MEF Intelligence Center (3MIC) and supported humanitarian assistance operations in the Philippines and Nepal. In June 2016 Col Reilly reported to the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) and upon graduating as a Distinguished Graduate was certified as a MAGTF Planer.
Col Reilly reported to the USPACOM J35 in July 2016 to serve as the Crisis and Counterterrorism Branch Chief. In this capacity Col Reilly planned multiple crisis and counter terrorism operations including humanitarian assistance operations in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, U.S. military support to the South Korean Summer Olympic Games, UNSCR Enforcement Operations directed against the North Korean regime, and Operation PACIFIC EAGLE – PHILIPPINES, USPACOM’s only named contingency operation. Col Reilly currently serves as the Commanding Officer, Combined Army Training Center (CATC) Camp Fuji, Japan.
Col Reilly is married to the former Ms Amy Rimmer of Ft Worth, TX. They reside on NAF Atsugi with their two sons and one daughter: Joshua, Connor, and Anna.