In 2372, Reese was a security officer serving on Deep Space 9 and the highest ranking under Michael Eddington. Unbeknownst to him, Eddington decided to leave to join the Maquis, and, further, to steal equipment for them in the process. With several other officers, Reese was ordered to transport industrial class IV replicators, bound for Cardassian planets, to a Vulcan freighter instead. Oddly, he ordered complete communications blackout, even to the Bajoran security forces. Reese and the team carried out the order, and Eddington told Reese he was going with the freighter and leaving him in command of the station until Captain Sisko returns. He found it odd, as he was a junior officer, but he left for Ops and waited for Sisko.