Jack Reiter – Colonel, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

Jack Reiter, 79, a retired Air Force colonel and legislative liaison who also was an airline lobbyist, died of cancer October 29, 1999 at the Washington Veterans Affairs Hospital. He lived in McLean.

Colonel Reiter attended New York University in his native state and received a law degree from American University. He was a Golden Gloves boxer and a champion swimmer as a youth.

Colonel Reiter served as a B-24 pilot in the Army Air Forces during World War II, flying over North Africa and Italy. He was shot down in Northern Italy and taken prisoner by the Germans.

He escaped from a German hospital and served with Italian partisans for six months. After he returned to the United States, he trained military personnel in how to escape from captivity and survive behind enemy lines.

Colonel Reiter later was posted by the Air Force to Italy and as senior briefer to General Curtis LeMay at Strategic Air Command headquarters in Omaha. He retired as legislative liaison for the secretary of the Air Force.

After leaving the military, Colonel Reiter was vice president for government affairs for World Airways and Washington representative for Flying Tigers International and Japan Airlines.

He had served as president of the Aero Club of Washington and was a member of the Air Force Association and Army Navy Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Helen N. Reiter of McLean; two children, Allan James Reiter and Kathleen N. Ausley, both of Arlington; and a brother.

REITER, JACK, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

On October 29, 1999, of McLean, VA, of cancer at the V.A. Hospital, Washington, DC, beloved husband of Helen N. Reiter; beloved father of Allan James Reiter and Kathleen N. Ausley, both of Arlington, VA. Mass of Christian Burial at Ft. Myer Chapel on Wednesday, November 17, at 12:45 p.m., followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 01/15/1942 – 02/01/1968
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 03/03/1921
  • DATE OF DEATH: 10/29/1999
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 11/17/1999

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