Lieutenant Commander Reinhard reported onboard the Atlantic Strike Team to serve as the Executive Officer on 15 August 2011 after completing a tour as Deputy Chief of Incident Management for the Eleventh Coast Guard District. At District Eleven, Lieutenant Commander Reinhard oversaw the Pacific Area / District Eleven Command Center and all Search and Rescue (SAR) and pollution operations off the Coast of California.
Lieutenant Commander Reinhard received his commission via Officer Candidate School in New London, Connecticut in 1999. His first assignment was to the Atlantic Strike Team in Fort Dix, New Jersey where he served as the Chemical Officer and the Assistant Operations Officer. During this tour, he responded to multiple hazardous materials releases, oil spills and trained numerous Coast Guard units in hazardous materials response and the Incident Command System. Most notably, he served as a Division Supervisor of the air monitoring group that cleared buildings following the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center in September of 2001 and as the Operations Section Chief for the Anthrax response in the Harte Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Following the Atlantic Strike Team, Lieutenant Commander Reinhard was selected for Flight School in Pensacola FL where he earned his wings and received orders to Sector San Diego to fly MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. There he honed his aviation skills and even responded to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, flying SAR and logistics missions. He was then assigned to the Eleventh Coast Guard District where qualified Operations Unit - SAR and Command Duty Officer in the Command Center, served as the District Response Advisory Team Supervisor and Deputy Chief of Incident Management.
Lieutenant Commander Reinhard hails from Mission Viejo, California. He is a 1998 graduate of the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and Natural Resources Management. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management 2007 from the Touro University International.
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