Captain Dale Rielage is the U.S. Pacific Fleet director of intelligence and information operations. He is a career intelligence officer who is in his sixth consecutive tour focused on the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
He began his career as a surface warfare officer, serving on USS Stark (FFG 31) as communications officer, assistant navigator and damage control assistant. Redesignated as a special duty (intelligence) officer, he has served at sea on the staff of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, and as deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence at the U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan. Ashore, he served in the Pentagon as deputy executive assistant to the director of naval intelligence, and in the U.S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany, as the assistant naval attaché. From 2006 to 2008, he led the Contingencies Branch of the U.S. Pacific Fleet intelligence directorate. During 2011, he served as senior intelligence officer for China at the Office of Naval Intelligence, a position normally held by a defense intelligence senior leader, before becoming director of the chief of naval operations’ Navy Asia Pacific Advisory Group. He returned to the fleet as assistant chief of staff for intelligence (N2) for Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet before assuming duties at U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Rielage is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and holds a master’s degree in history from Old Dominion University. His awards include two Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, as well as the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.