Tommy T. Thomas assumed the duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy in May 2009. In that role he is responsible for policy, advocacy, and oversight of all community support to service members and families such as quality of life issues; family and casualty assistance; morale, welfare and recreation programs; Military OneSource and Military HOMEFRONT Web sites; the Department of Defense Education Activity; and the Defense Department's commissary and exchange services.
From September 2005 through May 2009, Mr. Thomas served as Senior Executive Director Human Capital Strategy in the private sector providing strategic perspective and consultative guidance on Human Capital Management for the Department of Defense to enable organizations to strategically and more effectively accomplish their mission(s).
Mr. Thomas retired from the U.S. Air Force as a senior military officer after over 26 years of distinguished service. His assignments include Chief, Quality Force/Personnel Utilization at Duluth International Airport, Minnesota; Chief, Personnel Utilization at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Chief, Consolidated Base Personnel Office at Cannon Air Force Base, New, Mexico; Chief, Personnel Readiness Air Force IG Team at Norton Air Force Base, California; Chief Strategic Plans Integration on the Air Staff; Chief, Enlisted Promotion Policy on the Air Staff; Director of Personnel Plans and Systems at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Florida; Commander, 92nd Mission Support Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington; Director for Personnel for Air Force personnel in the National Capital Region; Bolling Air Force Base, Washington DC; Assistant Deputy for Military Personnel in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Force Management and Personnel; 62nd Mission Support Group Commander, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, and Deployed Commander Oman; Senior Investigator for General Officer and Senior Executive Service matters in the Office of the Air Force Inspector General, Washington, DC.
Throughout his career, Mr. Thomas was responsible for a myriad of service member and family support policy, programs and services, including management and support of family support centers, reengineering personnel programs to support families of deployed service members, oversight of nationally accredited child development centers, management of installation housing units, and construction of medical, youth center, commissary, DoD school and recreation center facilities.
Mr. Thomas received a B.A. in Mass Communications from Valdosta State College, an M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and an M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Yale Leadership Course II.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster; Bronze Star; Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and three bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters; National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze star; Armed Forces Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon; Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one silver oak leaf cluster; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; Air Force Training Ribbon; Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabian Government).