Michael joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1996 whilst studying as an undergraduate in a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Queensland. His first posting as the Base Radio Officer to No. 321 Air Base Wing (321ABW) established early his core career path within the Communications and Information Systems (CIS) field. Subsequent CIS postings followed within No. 1 Combat Communications Squadron (1CCS) and Headquarters Combat Support Group (HQCSG), In 2010, WGCDR Reidy was assigned as the ADF Tactical Information Exchange Domain (TIED) Capability Manager following his role as Staff Officer to Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) Head of ICT Operations (HICTO), RADM Peter Jones.
Michael was introduced to operations planning in 2004 when he was posted as the S5 at Headquarters No. 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing (HQ395ECSW) and was involved in planning a number of Air Force operations including OP ANODE (2003-2004), the Boxing Day tsunami assistance (2005) and Air Force’s deployment into Afghanistan for OP SLIPPER (2006).

After attending the Australian Command and Staff Course in 2011, he was selected for the exchange position of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) Chief Cyber Operations Planner. The three years in the USA were very rewarding and exposed him to the planning and delivery of integrated cyberspace missions within full spectrum kinetic and non-kinetic operations. Whilst in USCYBERCOM, he also played a lead role in developing the U.S. military’s cyberspace force structure. For his work at USCYBERCOM, he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. Secretary of Defense. This work was a great lead-in for his return to Australia posting into VCDF Group as the Deputy Director Cyber Coordination where he was again involved in the development of cyber policy and work structure but this time for the ADF.

He proudly took up his current post as Commanding Officer 462 Squadron, the ADF's only cyber warfare squadron, in 2016 and is enthusiastic about furthering Air Force’s capability within the cyberspace domain. He has had two operational tours, the first in 2003, was to the MEAO as the A6 on OP FALCONER and OP CATALYST. In 2010, he redeployed back to the MEAO on OP SLIPPER.

Michael has a Masters in Engineering Science and a Masters in Strategy and Management. He is also undertaking a Masters of Business. WGCDR Reidy is married to his beautiful wife, Maria, and thoroughly enjoys raising his three children, David, Luke and Catherine. WGCDR Reidy is an enthusiastic participant and observer of all forms of sport except synchronised swimming.