Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1986 upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Throughout her career, she has served in a variety of command and staff billets in the operating forces. As a lieutenant, she served as a communications watch officer at the Base Communication Center, and later she returned to the Division Communications Company where she served as a Communication Center platoon commander, Multichannel Platoon commander, operations officer and radio officer. As a captain and major, she served with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan, as a Detachment Alpha executive officer and commanding officer. She served with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group, as the assistant operations officer and commanding officer of Bravo Company. As a lieutenant colonel, she commanded Ninth Communication Battalion, I MEF, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Fallujah, Iraq. As a colonel, she commanded I MEF Headquarters Group and deployed the group to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, in support of I MEF FWD/Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province during Operation Enduring Freedom.
In the supporting establishment, she has served as an acquisition project officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command; Candidate Platoon commander for Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School; commanding officer of Recruiting Station Harrisburg, Pa.; an action officer and deputy division head for Strategic Plans Division, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department, Headquarters Marine Corps; and as division chief of communications at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.
Her professional military education includes the United States Naval Academy, The Basic School, the Basic Communication Officer’s Course, Command and Control Systems Course, the Navy War College and the Army War College. She has earned master’s degrees from both the Naval War College and the Army War College.
Her personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star).