Colonel Arthur McCreary “Mac” Reynolds Jr was born 25 August 1951 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, he reported to Officer’s Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 1 November 1974.
Upon completion of flight school, First Lieutenant Reynolds reported to Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 204 at MCAS New River, North Carolina where he was designated a copilot in the CH-46 helicopter. From 1976 until June 1981, he was assigned to various squadrons from which he made numerous deployments to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic and Caribbean.
In August of 1981, Captain Reynolds attended the Amphibious Warfare School. He subsequently received orders to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), where he held billets in the Aviation Safety Department, Operations Department and in the White House Liaison Office.