CAPT Arthur (AJ) Reiss, USN
Education: U.S. Naval Academy, BS in Oceanography, 1990; Naval Postgraduate School, MS in Physical Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences, 1999
Present Assignment: Naval Deputy to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Ministry Involvement:
OCF member since 1997; local church involvement, Sunday school teacher; OCF weekly Pentagon Bible study; facilitator of weekly Pentagon prayer meeting; Spring Canyon and White Sulphur Springs retreats attendee, most recently at the Eastern Leader’s Conference, 2018; discipling Serbian immigrant and others in workplace and community.
I grew up churched, overachieving, and successful (so I thought), but didn’t know Jesus as personal Savior. Through a failing marriage and a faithful chapel, Jesus showed me: “you don’t know my Word, your thoughts are not mine, and you aren’t a Christian. Humble thyself and follow Me!”— So I did. He restored us, and continues making all things new.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for OCF?
Revolutionize how we “engage” and “equip” ourselves through our flagship conference centers. Conduct a prayer campaign that evaluates a paradigm shift of them from occasionally visited retreat centers to frontline equipping war colleges; hosting (and/or exporting) a spiritual growth/integrated faith training continuum that touches military leaders and families at critical milestones throughout their careers (akin to leadership and professional growth training continuums at service leadership schools). Graduates carry knowledge and skills back to local fellowships for encouragement, application, and accountability.
Nominated By: CDR Joseph Chiaravallotti, USN (Ret.); COL John Demko, USA; Maj Matthew McWhirter, USAF; LTC Paul Robyn, USA (Ret.)