David Reaney was born in Ottumwa, Iowa and raised in Bakersfield, California. He enlisted in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst in 1969 and served in the United States and Federal Republic of Germany, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant prior to commissioning through the Officer Candidate program at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1974.
Following completion of training as a Military Intelligence Officer, David Reaney served in intelligence and training assignments over the next 26 years at 12 different locations in the United States, Europe and Asia. His assignments included duty while a Captain as Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of South Alabama from 1981 to 1983. As a Major he served as Chief of the Electronic Intelligence Watch, US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany supporting operations following the bombing of the Beirut Marine Barracks as well as the 1986 US attack on Libya. During operation DESERT STORM he served as Chief of the Army’s Technical Analysis Element at the National Security Agency responsible for direct intelligence support to deployed Army forces, for which the organization was awarded the Army Superior Unit Award. While a Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 751st Military Intelligence Battalion in Korea, the Battalion won the Army’s Maintenance Excellence competition and was the Army’s 1994 nominee for the outstanding electronic intelligence unit in the Department of Defense. Promoted to Colonel in 1996, he was assigned to the National Security Agency as Deputy Chief of the Office of Global Response until being detailed in 1999 to the newly formed Information Operations Technology Center as Chief, Analysis and Assessments Group. He retired in February 2000 with over 30 years of active service.
In April 2000, Mr. Reaney was appointed Executive Director of the Bay Area Food Bank with responsibility for distributing donated food throughout a 24 county service area in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida as part of the Feeding America network of food banks. Since 2000 the Food Bank has moved to a new facility, increased distribution from 4 to over 16 million pounds annually, established local grocer pickup operations with over 160 stores, acquired nine refrigerated delivery vehicles, developed afterschool snack, weekend back pack and summer lunch programs for children at over sixty locations, initiated delivery operations into rural communities and constructed a branch warehouse in Milton, Florida. Today’s operation involves of staff of over forty augmented by volunteers providing over 40,000 hours annually. Mr. Reaney has served on the board of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as President of the Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission. He is President of the Alabama Food Bank Association and past President of the Florida Association of Food Banks and serves on the Florida Department of Agriculture Commodities Advisory Committee.
Mr. Reaney has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of New York and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He is a 1987 graduate of the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College, The Director, National Security Agency Fellowship Program in 1995 and the US Army War College in 1996. He is a 1999 inductee into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia and a 2001 inductee into the University of South Alabama ROTC Department Hall of Fame. His fifteen military service awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
He and his Wife, Monika, were married at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona in 1971 and have two grown children residing in Maryland and Alabama.