Lieutenant Colonel John Reinert was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri in 1995. He received a regular Army commission into the Air Defense Artillery, with an initial assignment to 3rd Battalion (PATRIOT), 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas.
His assignments from 1995-1999 with the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade included Maintenance Platoon Leader, Launcher Platoon Leader, Tactical Director and Brigade Tactical Fire Direction Center OIC with two deployments to Saudi Arabia and one to Kuwait.
In 1999, LTC Reinert was assigned to Suwon, South Korea where he commanded Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion (PATRIOT), 43rd Air Defense Artillery. In 2001, he commanded HQ/A Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry (Basic Training) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Follow on assignments included Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Project Officer, Air Defense Directorate of Combat Developments in 2003 and Executive Officer, Air Defense Directorate of Combat Developments in 2005.
In 2006, he was assigned to Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and served as an advisor to the Iraqi Joint Headquarters in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From 2007-2010, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery, Ft. Bliss, Texas and the Brigade Operations Officer, 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, during the Base Re-alignment and Closure move of the Air Defense Branch from Fort Bliss to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2010 he was assigned to the United States Military Training Mission-Saudi Arabia and served as an advisor to the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces in Riyadh.
LTC Reinert then was assigned to Strategic Command’s Joint Forces Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC IMD) at Schriever AFB, Colorado Springs, Colorado as a watch commander in the Operations Center and Deputy Chief of Staff from August 2011 thru May 2013.
LTC Reinert is a graduate of the Air Defense Officers Basic and Advance Courses, the Patriot Air Defense Officers Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College. His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Leadership and Management.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Services Medal, Humanitarian Services Medal and Parachutist Badge.