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U.S. Army Col. D.J. Reyes, a 23-year intelligence officer, took command Friday of the U.S. European Command Joint Analysis Center at RAF Molesworth, England.

Reyes replaced U.S. Air Force Col. Dick Ayres, who departs the JAC after spending one year as director of operations and two as commander. Ayres will assume command of the 480th Intelligence Group at Langley Air Force Base, Va., according to a JAC news release.

The JAC processes, analyzes and consolidates data to produce intelligence information focusing on 91 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It supports operations conducted by the United States and its allies, as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organization member nations.

Reyes has commanded and been the primary staff intelligence officer at the detachment, company, battalion, brigade, division and major command levels.

His most recent tactical tour was as senior intelligence officer for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky. His role during the division’s initial combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom was chronicled in the book “In the Company of Soldiers” by Rick Atkinson, according to the release.

Reyes is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and received a master’s degree in national security strategy and policy.

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