Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral Robert D. Reilly, Jr.

Commander, Military Sealift Command

Rear Admiral Robert D. Reilly, Jr.


Rear Adm. (ret) Robert Dunham Reilly, Jr., a native of Winnetka, Ill., comes from a family with more than a century of service in the U.S. Armed Forces. Commissioned in 1975 through the Navy's Reserve Officer Training Corps program, Rear Adm. Reilly first served aboard USS Edson (DD 946) as combat information center officer and damage control assistant.

His other shipboard tours include commissioning USS Fletcher (DD 992) as her first operations officer; engineering officer aboard USS Sterett (CG 31); executive officer of USS John Young (DD 973); and as commanding officer, USS Halyburton (FFG 40).

Reilly's additional operational tours at sea include duties as flag secretary, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1, where he participated in the Western Pacific and Southwest Asia deployments of USS New Jersey (BB 62), USS Missouri (BB 63), and USS Midway (CV 41) Battleship and Carrier Battle Groups; and command of Destroyer Squadron 50 (COMDESRON 50), homeported in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He also commanded Cruiser Destroyer Group 2 and the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group.

Ashore, Rear Adm. Reilly has served as fleet readiness assessment officer, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; surface warfare and weapons procurement analyst, Program Resource Appraisal Division (N81), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; surface warfare junior officer assignment branch head (PERS 412), Bureau of Naval Personnel; joint operations division pacific command division chief, Joint Staff (J3); director, environmental readiness, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO N45); and as deputy assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Technology (CNO N098).

In his final assignment, he assumed command of Military Sealift Command (MSC) in March 2006.

Reilly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a Master's in Public Administration (National Resources) from the George Washington University. He is also a 1993 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


Updated: 22 July 2013