Lieutenant Jim Reyes
Lieutenant Reyes was born in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Johnston High School and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1997. He attended Fire Controlman “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois then MK99 Fire Control System/Operational Readiness Test System and AEGIS Weapons System TKIII “C” Schools in Dahlgren, Virginia.
His first assignment was to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii aboard USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) where he completed two deployments to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while serving as Work Center Supervisor for the MK99 FCS/ORTS work center.
After completing a shore tour at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas as a security patrol boat coxswain, Reyes returned to sea duty aboard USS CHAFEE (DDG 90) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. There he served as Leading Petty Officer for Fire Control Division and completed four deployments to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. Reyes was then assigned to instructor duty at Dahlgren, Virginia where he trained Sailors in maintaining and operating MK99 FCS/ORTS equipment, and also served as course supervisor for the Ballistic Missile Defense Operator Course for Missile System Supervisors.
While on instructor duty, Reyes was selected and commissioned as a Limited Duty Officer and then assigned to USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) in Yokosuka, Japan. While Forward Deployed on MUSTIN, he served as System Test Officer during seven patrols to the East and South China Seas and Korean Theater of Operations.
His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) in addition to various service and unit awards.