Company: A2Z, Inc., Logistics Services
Location: Vista, CA
Alan C. Reid is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Senior Information Systems Analyst for A2Z, Inc., Logistics Services, an information systems logistics and support company. With more than 31 years of professional experience in information technology management, Mr. Reid pinpoints the major highlights of his career as the planning, coordination and successful deployment of 3rd Marine Air Wing Information Systems and support to Iraq in execution of the global war on terrorism. In the scope of three months, he set up three disparate locations to support 27 aviation units and two support ships consisting of 216 aircraft and more than 5,000 personnel working with local computer systems to satellite communications.
Mr. Reid was born in Durango, Colo., and raised in La Plata County where he graduated from Bayfield High School. He was meritoriously promoted to corporal by brigadier general Grey during Inspector General’s command inspection for most outstanding motor transport dispatcher and filling the billet of a senior SNCO. In April 1983, Mr. Reid transferred to First Recon Battalion, Camp Telega, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and was assigned to 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which participated in the Invasion of Grenada, codenamed Operation Urgent Fury. During this tour of duty, he underwent basic underwater demolition course training and qualified as a .50 Cal machine gunner, on all convoy vehicles up to 20 tons. In January 1984, Mr. Reid reenlisted as a fire control technician on the A6E-Tram Intruder aircraft and attended school in Millington, Tenn., and NAS Oceana, Va. Upon completion of school in May 1985, he attached to VMA(AW)-224 where he immediately was assigned to multiple combined arms exercises and then deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. During his time with this unit, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Shortly after, he was assigned to Maintenance Material Control for the Squadron. During second deployment to Japan, he achieved Secondary MOS as a supply logistician and qualified in Open Water I & II Scuba NAUI/PADI while stationed in Subic Bay, Philippines. In September 1988, Mr. Reid was transferred to NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., for duty as a fire control instructor at VA-128 FRAMP. He attended Instructor Course at Bangor, Wash., and returned to VA-128 FRAMP. He was assigned as the technical publications librarian and served as the test and initial fielding for the Technical Publications Library Program to the Fleet. While at NAS Whidbey Island, he qualified, updated training, and instructed officers on the advanced ALQ-99 countermeasures systems on the EA6B Prowler. Additionally, he wrote all training for enlisted personnel on fire control weapon systems aboard the A6E-Tram to include a Navy PQS test bank for all fire control technicians with a rotating database of 540 questions.
Shortly after the Gulf War ended, Mr. Reid was asked to lateral move to the new MOS of 6494 and on August 12, 1992 preceded to Naval Base Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif., for training and was immediately promoted to staff sergeant. Upon completion of school, he was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and attached in November 1993. Within one year after arrival, airfield was re-designated Marine Aviation Logistics Element, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. While assigned to MALSEK, MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Mr. Reid served as NCOIC for 67E work center and instituted the upgrade of both the MALS and associated squadrons infrastructure through budgeting realignment and using shop manpower as the installation team. He actively committed to off duty education and attended night classes at Hawaii Pacific University. He was promoted to gunnery sergeant and reassigned to Iwakuni, Japan on October 17, 1996. Upon transferring to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Iwakuni, Japan, Mr. Reid immediately sought the upgrade of current infrastructure and became test bed for Internet capability through the NALCOMIS/RSupply TAC systems. He served as information systems coordinator for the Banyan Vines e-mail system and as NCOIC for 67E work center. He was project lead for the Y2K upgrade in Iwakuni, which was completed two years prior to the year 2000. Mr. Reid transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, Cherry Point, N.C., in November 1998 and assumed duties as SNCOIC of 67E. He coordinated the stand up of aviation information systems department and instituted the squadrons first Intranet. Working with the G-6 community, he upgraded both the MALS and squadron’s infrastructure to category-five cabling, which improved network infrastructure, quality, and security. He was promoted to master sergeant during April 2002 and transferred to Third Marine Air Wing, Aviation Logistics Department, Miramar, Calif. Upon arrival, he assumed the duties in a new billet as the aviation information systems department chief. This new assignment included the planning, coordination, and deployment of 3MAW to Iraq in execution of the Global War on Terrorism. He assumed the lead in upgrading all 3MAW Aviation Information Systems to include INMARSAT and Iridium phone assets. Additionally, he was responsible for the activation and multiple upgrades of communications systems aboard the two T-AVB support ships for OIF.
Upon return to 3MAW, he continued to support subsequent surges to the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operations along with all 3MAW units. Mr. Reid was personally responsible for coordination, tracking, and ultimate transition of all 3MAW units to the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet. In April 2006, he was promoted to master gunnery sergeant. In June 2006, Mr. Reid transferred to SPAWAR Detachment San Diego located at 32nd street Naval Base. He assumed the duties as marine liaison to the Space and Naval Warfare Command for the Pacific. As the level II network administrator and project leader for Det. San Diego and Det. Yokosuka, Japan, Mr. Reid managed technical support for system implementations, upgrades, follow-on assistance, and life-cycle support for all naval tactical command support systems at both Navy and FMF Aviation units. Additionally, he supervised and provided customer support to Detachment San Diego and Yokosuka, Japan Marine personnel. Shortly after his arrival, Mr. Reid was assigned department head duties for code 212 of the networking division, which were to include planning, operating, and managing computer networking assets, labs, and classrooms within the detachment. In May 2008, Mr. Reid decided to forward staff to a new position at Marine Forces Pacific, Camp H M Smith, Hawaii called aviation logistics information management systems director. Even though he was close to retirement, he was sent to stand up this new position and make it a viable billet in the Pacific. When asked in an exclusive EliteAMERICAN interview how he would counsel someone seeking to become successful in his field, he prudently said that he would advise that they “don’t cut corners, work hard, and get certifications.”
Alan Reid was originally selected for inclusion in EliteAMERICAN Military in June 2011. We are proud to be featuring Mr. Reid again in EliteAMERICAN Military for 2016.
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