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MARILYN M. THOMAS

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Marilyn M. Thomas, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Management and Deputy Chief Management Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.  Ms. Thomas exercises the Under Secretary's Chief Management Officer responsibility for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Air Force business operations. In that role, she advises Air Force senior leadership on establishing strategic performance goals and managing Air Force-wide cross-functional activities to meet those goals. She also serves as the Air Force’s Director of Business Transformation, overseeing implementation of continuous process improvement initiatives Air Force wide.

Ms. Thomas, a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, began her career with the Air Force as a Palace Acquire intern upon graduation from Oklahoma State University. She has held progressively more responsible positions within the Air Force and the Marine Corps in the areas of budget formulation, program integration and resource management.  Her experience spans several appropriations and functional areas, including cost, budget, and acquisition. Ms. Thomas assumed her current position in September 2014.

EDUCATION
1987 Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Oklahoma State University
1992 Master of Arts degree in Economics, George Mason University
1993 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1998 Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1998 Defense Leadership and Management Program, Washington, D.C. 
2006 APEX Senior Executive Orientation Program, Washington, D.C.
2010 Leadership at the Peak, Colorado Springs, Colo. 
2016 Georgia Tech Cybersecurity Leadership Course

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1.  July 1987 - June 1989, Financial and Program Analyst, Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cost Analysis, Washington, D.C.
2.  July 1989 - July 1990, Financial Administration and Program Analyst, Aircraft Procurement Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
3.  August 1990 - July 1993, Budget Analyst, Fiscal Analysis and Control Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
4.  August 1993 - July 1997, Supervisory Budget Analyst, Revolving Funds Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
5.  August 1997 - June 1998, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
6.  June 1998 - May 1999, Branch Chief, Operation and Maintenance Execution Branch, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
7.  May 1999 - May 2000, Chief, Security Assistance Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
8.  June 2000 - June 2001, Deputy Division Chief, Program Integration Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
9.  July 2001 - Aug 2002, Chief, Space, Missiles and Other Procurement Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
10.  September 2002 - May 2003, Director for Resources and Analysis, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Washington, D.C.
11.  May 2003 - January 2006, Director for Budget Management and Execution, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Washington, D.C.
12.  January 2006 - January 2007, Director, Budget Investment, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13.  February 2007 - May 2009, Deputy Commander for Resource Management, Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA
14.  June 2009 - April 2012, Deputy for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15.  April 2012 - September 2014, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16.  September 2014 – present, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Management and Deputy Chief Management Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.

AWARDS AND HONORS
1999 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2004 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2007 Exceptional Civilian Service Award
2009 Superior Civilian Service Award
2011 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
National Partnership for Reinventing Government "Hammer Award"
2015 Distinguished Senior Executive Presidential Rank Award
Numerous performance awards

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
DAWIA Financial Management, Level III
DAWIA Program Management, Level II 
DoD Financial Management Certification, Level III

(Current as of August 2016)