CAPT Joseph Reason, USN
Director, Division of Engineering and Weapons
CAPT Reason graduated with the United States Naval Academy Class of 1990, earning a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (concentration in Astronautics). He elected Surface Warfare and was assigned as Auxiliaries Office in USS STERETT (CG 31). Overseas home-ported in the Western Pacific, STERETT supported TEAM SPIRIT and other operations in the Sea of Japan, South China Sea, and Indian Ocean. Following NTU conversion, STERETT made the Navy's first full counter-narcotics deployment to South and Central America. He also served as Gunnery Officer and Fire Control Officer in STERETT.
In 1994, CAPT Reason became Flag Aide to the Superintendent of Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey. The following year, he commenced studies in Space Systems Engineering, graduating in 1997 with an M.S. in Astronautical Engineering.
After completing SWOS Department Head Course, he became Combat Systems Officer in USS SIMPSON (FFG 56). Deployed as an element of STENNIS Battle Group, SIMPSON served in STANAVFORMED then participated in DETERMINED FALCON operations in Kosovo. While in SIMPSON, he shifted designator from SWO to EDO. He earned his EDO qualification at SUPSHIP Groton while serving as Construction Coordinator for JIMMY CARTER (SSN 23) and Radio Room Coordinator for the VIRGINIA and SEAWOLF classes from 1999 to 2001.
CAPT Reason was assigned to the Low Earth Orbit Systems Program at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). He oversaw the design, build and launch of intelligence satellites from 2001 to 2004. In 2005, he became Chief Systems Engineer of the Global Broadcast Systems satellite-based communications network. From 2006 to 2008, CAPT Reason was assigned to NAVSEA (PMS 435) as the Submarine Imaging Systems Program Manager.
From the Washington Navy Yard, CAPT Reason returned to the operational fleet as Combat Systems Officer in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and deployed to the Northern Arabian Gulf, OEF and OIF. In 2010, he rejoined the space acquisition community at the NRO with assignment to the Space Systems Program Office. He reported to the Washington Navy Yard, PEO IWS in 2012.
In 2016, CAPT Reason reported to the United State Naval Academy to serve as the Engineering and Weapons Division Director.
Reared in a Navy family, Joe Reason and his wife, Heather, reside in Northern Virginia with their sons, Joey and Ben.