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BRIGADIER GENERAL THOMAS W. GEARY

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Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Geary is the Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, U.S. Southern Command, Doral, Fla.

General Geary received his commission in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. After commissioning, he served in the missile operations career field as Minuteman III ICBM Combat Crew Commander and Instructor before transitioning to the intelligence career field in 1993. General Geary served as a Senior Defense Intelligence Officer; as 8th Air Force's Director for Intelligence; and as Communications Chief and senior speechwriter for the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Throughout his career, General Geary held a variety of leadership positions in Air Combat Command, Space Command, the U.S. Pacific Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency; and he has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and joint levels. Prior to his current assignment, he was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Kabul Afghanistan and as Deputy Director, Intelligence, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan.

EDUCATION
1988 Bachelor of science degree in business management, Norwich University: Military College of Vermont, Northfield
1991 Master of science degree in business management, Lesley College, Cambridge, Mass.
1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS), Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2001 U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, distinguished graduate, Quantico, Va.
2005 Master of science degree in strategic studies (academic distinction), Air University, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leadership Program, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2010 Senior Executive Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2011 National Security Studies, National Security Management Course, Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

ASSIGNMENTS
1. December 1988 - April 1989, student, undergraduate missile training, 4315th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2. May 1989 - December 1989, Deputy Combat Crew Commander, 319th Strategic Missile Squadron, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
3. January 1990 - November 1991, Deputy Flight Commander, 319th Missile Squadron, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
4. December 1991 - June 1992, Missile Crew Commander, MM III ICBM Alternate Command Post, 319th Strategic Missile Squadron, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
5. June 1992 - August 1993, Instructor Crew Commander, MM III ICBM, 90th Operations Support Squadron, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
6. September 1993 - June 1994, student, intelligence training, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
7. July 1994 - July 1997, Chief, Northeast Asia Strategic Exercise Branch, North Asia Department, Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
8. July 1997 - March 1999, Chief, Intelligence Modernization Section, Intelligence Plans and Programs Division, Directorate of Operations, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB Va.
9. March 1999 - June 2000, special actions officer, Commander's Action Group, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
10. July 2000 - June 2001, student, U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va.
11. July 2001 - September 2001, student, Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS), Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
12. October 2001 - January 2003, Chief, China Strategic Issues Team, China Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
13. February 2003 - March 2004, Senior Defense Intelligence Officer, Executive Support Office, Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. March 2004 - June 2005, Chief, Communications Team and Senior Speechwriter, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. July 2005 - May 2006, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. June 2005 - June 2007, Commander, 608th Air Intelligence Squadron and Director of Intelligence, Eighth Air Force, Barksdale AFB, La.
17. June 2007 - July 2009, Commander, 692nd ISR Group, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
18. June 2009 - June 2011, Commander, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
19. June 2011 - June 2012, Commander, National Security Agency/Central Security Service Texas (NSA/CSS Texas), San Antonio, Texas
20. June 2012 – July 2013, Deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force and Deputy Director, Intelligence, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
21. August 2013 – present, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Doral, Florida

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1994 - July 1997, Chief, Northeast Asia Strategic Exercise Branch, North Asia Department, Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a captain
2. October 2001 - January 2003, Chief, China Strategic Issues Team, China Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C., as a major
3. February 2003 - March 2004, Senior Defense Intelligence Officer, Executive Support Office, Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
4. June 2007 - July 2009, Deputy Director for Intelligence, Joint Task Force 519, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a colonel
5. June 2011 - June 2012, Commander, National Security Agency/Central Security Service Texas (NSA/CSS Texas), San Antonio, Texas, as a colonel
6. June 2012 – July 2013, Deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force and Deputy Director, Intelligence, United States Forces – Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, as a brigadier general
7. August 2013 – present, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Doral, Fla., as a brigadier general

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster one
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold border
NATO Medal – International Security Assistance Force

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Distinguished Graduate – Reserve Officer Training Corps
Distinguished Graduate – U.S. Air Force Fundamentals of Intelligence Course
Distinguished Graduate – U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Academic Distinction – U.S. Air Force Air War College
Joint Writing Award – JCWS Academic Affairs Writing Award
Joint Qualified Officer Designation

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 8, 1988
First Lieutenant Sept. 8, 1990
Captain Sept. 8, 1992
Major Jan. 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2003
Colonel Jan. 1, 2007
Brigadier General Dec. 3, 2012


(Current as of September 2013)