Brigadier General Lori Reynolds was commissioned in the Marine Corps in May 1986 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation from the Basic School in 1987, she attended the Basic Communication Officer’s Course at Quantico, Va., and was assigned the 2502 MOS.
Her first duty assignment was with Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Serving initially as communications watch officer at the Base Communication Center, she later returned to the Division Communications Company where she served from May 1988 until August 1990 as Communication Center Platoon Commander, Multichannel Platoon Commander, Operations Officer, and Radio Officer.
In August 1990, she was reassigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan, and was the Detachment Alpha Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.
From September 1991 until June 1994, she was a Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command, working primarily on item management, procurement, and research and development for Marine Corps’ communications security (COMSEC) systems.
She attended the Command and Control Systems Course, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, from July 1994 to May 1995 and served as a Candidate Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School in Quantico following graduation.
In September 1995, she returned to Camp Pendleton to serve with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group. While there, she served as Assistant Operations Officer and Commanding Officer, Bravo Company.
From June 1997 to June 2000, she commanded Recruiting Station Harrisburg PA, 4th Marine Corps District. She attended the Naval War College from August 2000 until June 2001, and from June 2001 to May 2003, was assigned as Action Officer and Deputy Division Head for Strategic Plans Division, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington DC.
She assumed command of Ninth Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force on 8 June 2003 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II to Fallujah, Iraq from February 2004 to March 2005. She was selected to attend the Army War College in Carlisle Pennsylvania and graduated with the Class of 2006.
From 2006 to 2008 she was assigned to the Joint Staff, J6 in Washington D.C. She served as a Desk Officer in Current Operations Division and as a Division Chief.
In March 2009, she assumed command of the I MEF Headquarters Group at Camp Pendleton, CA. She deployed the Group to Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan from March 2010 to March 2011, where the Group supported the efforts of I MEF FWD/Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province.
Brig. Gen. Reynolds assumed her command of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region June 17th, 2011.