Captain A. J. Reiss is the Executive Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). A native of Akron, Ohio, Capt. Reiss graduated with distinction from the United States Navy Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography in 1990. He earned a Master of Science degree in Air and Ocean Sciences from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 2000.
His first Navy assignment was aboard USS McClusky (FFG-41) home ported in Yokosuka, Japan and twice deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. There, Capt. Reiss qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and served as Officer of the Deck Underway, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Ordnance Officer, and Combat Information Center Officer. He was recognized by Commander, United States Pacific Fleet as the Junior Officer “Ship Handler of the Year” for 1992.
In 1994, Capt. Reiss was designated as a Naval Oceanographer and reported to the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he served as Forecast Duty Officer, Command Duty Officer, Optimum Track Ship Routing Officer, Typhoon Duty Officer, Senior Watch Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.
From 2002 to 2004, he served aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) home ported in Bremerton, Wash., as Staff METOC Officer and Flag Tactical Action Officer for Commander, Carrier Group Three. In 2004, he served as the Executive Officer for Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Facility, Whidbey Island, Wash.
Capt. Reiss reported as Operations Officer at Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Monterey, Calif., in 2005 and was named the Executive Officer in 2007. He commanded the Naval Maritime Forecast Center in Norfolk, Va., from 2008 to 2010.
Prior to being named Executive Officer for the Naval Oceanographic Office, Capt. Reiss was the Director of Navy Weather Services for Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center, Miss.
CAPT Reiss has earned several personal awards to include a Meritorious Service Medal and various unit and campaign awards.