|BRIGADIER GENERAL THOMAS J. SHARPY|
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Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Sharpy is the Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses for Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (A5/8/9). As the Director, General Sharpy leads theater engagement throughout Europe by managing unit basing, organization, force structure and analyses. He is responsible for developing and directing the command's resource capability processes, doctrine review, strategy initiatives and political-military affairs program, as well as overseeing command analyses and lessons learned. He is also responsible for command transformation, as well as implementing U.S. and NATO strategy and ensuring arms control treaty obligations are met. The General also serves as U.S. European Command's lead agent in support of the Strategic Airlift Capability C-17 program and the Heavy Airlift Wing at Papa, Hungary. From August to October 2011 he served as the Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Odyssey Guard, conducting U.S. operations in Libya.
General Sharpy graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed undergraduate pilot training in 1988. His career has involved numerous supervisory and leadership positions to include serving as the Senior Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States. He commanded the 9th Airlift Squadron and served as the 436th Operations Group Deputy Commander at Dover AFB, Del. He also served as the Vice Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif. and as the Wing Commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Wash. Prior to his current assignment, General Sharpy was the Director of Air Force General Officer Management at the Pentagon.
The General is a command pilot with more than 3,900 flying hours in the KC-135, C-17 and C-5.
1987 Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1988 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
1994 Distinguished Graduate from Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Master of Business Administration, Louisiana Technical University, Ruston
1998 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2004 Air War College (Correspondence)
2006 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, D.C.
2007 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2010 Senior Executive Fellows Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2011 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. June 1987 - June 1988, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. June 1988 - March 1992, KC-135 Pilot, 379th Bombardment Wing, Wurtsmith AFB, Mich.
3. March 1992 - March 1994, Assistant Flight Commander and Chief of Training Flight, Barksdale AFB, La.
4. March 1994 - August 1996, Chief Executive Officer and Chief of Aircrew Stan Eval, 21st Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
5. August 1996 - June 1998, Aide to 15th Air Force Commander, Travis AFB, Calif.
6. June 1998 - November 2000, Colonel's Group, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. November 2000 - October 2002, Senior Military Aide to the Vice President of the U.S., the White House, Washington, D.C.
8. October 2002 - June 2003, Assistant Deputy Operations Group Commander, 436th Operations Group, Dover AFB, Del.
9. June 2003 - May 2005, Commander, 9th Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
10. May 2005 - August 2005, Deputy Operations Group Commander, 436th Operations Group, Dover AFB, Del.
11. August 2005 - June 2006, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, D.C.
12. July 2006 - May 2007, Vice Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif
13. May 2007 - September 2008, Commander, 92d Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
14. September 2008 - June 2011, Director, Air Force General Officer Management, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. August 2011 - October 2011, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Odyssey Guard, Vicenza, Italy
16. June 2011 - present, Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. November 2000 - October 2002, Senior Military Aide to the Vice President of the U.S., the White House, Washington, D.C., as a major and a lieutenant colonel
2. January 2008 - June 2008, Director of Mobility Forces, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as a colonel
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 3,900
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135A/Q/R, C-5A/B, C-17
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with V device for valor
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27,1987
First Lieutenant May 27,1989
Captain May 27,1991
Major Aug. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2002
Colonel March 1, 2006
Brigadier General Oct. 3, 2011
(Current as of January 2013)