Retired U.S. Army Colonel and 1982 graduate John G. Reilly to enter Niskayuna High School Hall of Fame

Reilly to address Class of 2019 at graduation

Colonel John G. Reilly, a 1982 Niskayuna graduate, will enter the Niskayuna High School Hall of Fame at this year’s commencement exercises on Thursday, June 27.

Colonel Reilly dedicated 25 years of loyal and faithful service to defense of the United States of America as a Career Special Forces Officer. He was commissioned through the Saint Lawrence University ROTC program as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in 1986 and was designated a Special Forces Officer in 1991.

His overseas assignments and deployments include support to NATO, United States European Command, United States Central Command, and National Command Authority operations. Additionally, Colonel Reilly was assigned to duty in Germany, the United Kingdom, Bosnia, Rwanda, Slovakia, Uganda, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As a Special Forces Officer, Colonel Reilly has eight years of command in war and peace.

Colonel Reilly has been awarded the Bronze Star, the NATO Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters. Colonel Reilly’s service has been marked by integrity, loyalty, boldness, and humility, all in good measure; and is a testament to his dedication and sacrifice and that of his family. Today, Colonel Reilly continues to serve his country as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Joint Special Operations Command.

“We’re looking forward to having Colonel Reilly address the Class of 2019 at this year’s commencement ceremony,” said Niskayuna High School Principal John Rickert. “He is another a great example for our graduates to look up to and we look forward to welcoming him into the Hall of Fame, and congratulating him on this honor.”

The High School Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to honor graduates who have distinguished themselves in a specific field of endeavor, in civic affairs, or in humanitarian affairs or other activities that merit special recognition. A committee of citizens, students, faculty and administrators selects the inductee from nominations submitted by the public each year.

Reilly will be the 66th Niskayuna High School graduate to enter the Hall of Fame. Past inductees include a Pulitzer Prize-winner, a U.S. attorney, humanitarians, decorated service members and leading doctors, computer scientists, artists, and more.