Lead Weapons Instructor

Master Sergeant Joel Reilly, USMC

Joel Reilly has over 19 years of global operational experience and has trained military leaders and officers extensively . Joel is currently serving as a Master Sergeant with the United States Marine Corps and is assigned to 1/23 in Houston, Texas where he serves as the Battalion Operations Chief. With multiple combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Joel has experience at all levels in a forward deployed Marine Infantry Unit.

While serving as an instructor he assisted in the development and implementation of the current Combat Marksmanship Program as well as the development and implementation of the Foreign Weapons Instructor Course.

He is qualified as a Forward Observer and Instructor, JTAC, 81 mm Mortarman, Infantry Unit Leader Course Instructor, Small Arms Weapons Instructor School (Instructor), Marksmanship Coaches Course (Honor Graduate and High Shooter), Primary Marksmanship Instructor Course (Honor Graduate), Inter-service Range Safety Officer Course, EAG Tactical Carbine Course (High Shooter), EAG Tactical Foreign Weapons Course and USMC High Risk Personnel Course and Advanced Maneuver Warfare Course (Honor Graduate).

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two combat distinguishing devices, two combat action ribbons, Four Combat Shooting Match gold medals, One Combat Shooting Match Bronze medal, one Marine Corps Combat Shooting Championship Bronze medal. Joel brings a level of Subject Matter Expertise to the training and deployment of tactics and weapons that is valued by many. Joel was awarded the 2009 Carlos Hathcock Award for his contribution to the Combat Marksmanship Program.