Commanding Officer Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center
Captain Joseph G. Rehak was born and raised in Jackson, NJ. He is a 1991 graduate of the Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. He also has a Masters of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Leadership and Human Resource Development, a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Army War College Carlisle and a Masters of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Captain Rehak is a Joint Qualified Officer.
Following completion of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in 1992, Class 179, Captain Rehak reported to SEAL Team EIGHT and deployed as assistant platoon commander aboard the USS George Washington CVN-73 supporting operations in the former Yugoslavia and the Middle East. Upon return from deployment, Captain Rehak was reassigned to SEAL Team TWO as a Winter Warfare Platoon Commander who conducted operations in Europe and Bosnia from 1996-1997.
From 1997 to 2000 Captain Rehak was assigned to the Naval Academy as Company Officer for 1st Company and instructor for leadership and strategy. He then served as the Operations Officer for Naval Special Warfare Unit THREE in Bahrain from 2000 to 2002. During that time, he conducted embargo operations against Iraq and supported Naval Special Warfare forces in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Captain Rehak returned to the United States to serve at the Special Operations Command in the Directorate of Resources and Requirements. He commanded the Navy Operational Support Center in Harrisburg from November of 2004 until June of 2006. He was assigned to Special Operations Command Korea as the Deputy Director for Strategy and Plans from 2007-2009. Captain Rehak was the Commanding Officer of SEAL Team EIGHTEEN from 2009-2011, training and deploying SEALs, SWCCs and Combat Service Support Personnel worldwide. His last duty was the Special Operations Liaison Officer to Kenya.
Captain Rehak has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal along with various unit awards and decorations. Captain Rehak is married to the former Virginia Johnson of Annapolis, MD and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Rachel and Camden and three sons, Toby, Layne and Kelly.