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USS Ponce (LPD-15)

CAPT. John K. Reilley, USN

Captain Reilley was born in Port Jefferson, New York and enlisted in the Navy in 1986, becoming a nuclear- trained electronics technician aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering.
His early sea duty assignments include USS Thorn (DD 988), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), and USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). He commanded Crew Bulwark at sea in several mine-countermeasures ships, including USS Scout (MCM 8) in Manama, Bahrain. He also commanded USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) during a short-notice 10+ month deployment which involved support of NATO efforts in Libya and re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli.
His shore duty assignments include leading Surface Missile Systems C-school curriculums in Dam Neck, Virginia and serving in various roles at the Pentagon such as Action Officer for surface weapon programs in OPNAV N76 Surface Warfare directorate, Flag Aide to OPNAV N8 Resources, Requirements and Assessments, and Resource Officer for Surface Mine Warfare Systems in OPNAV N85 Expeditionary Warfare Directorate, and most recently serving as Military Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Tactical Warfare Systems.
Reilley earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy at The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly known as Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF)), and a Master of Arts (highest distinction) in National Security Strategy from the Naval War College.
CAPT Reilley is currently the Commanding Officer aboard USS PONCE (AFSB(i)-15). His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), and various unit and campaign medals.
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