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MAJOR GENERAL THOMAS K. ANDERSEN

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Maj. Gen. Thomas K. Andersen is Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The center is responsible for the research, development, and production of Air Force doctrine and input for joint and multinational doctrine development activities. The center is also responsible for advocating the proper doctrinal representation of air and space power in exercise scenarios, war games, models and simulations, and providing policy and guidance of Air Force doctrine through education and focused outreach. Air University is responsible for Air Force enlisted and officer professional military education, professional continuing education and graduate education, as well as officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

General Andersen entered the Air Force after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980. He has commanded a flying training squadron and an operations group. He has also held key positions on the Air Staff, Joint Staff, Combat Command Staffs, and in NATO. The general has served as Director of Plans and Programs at Headquarters Air Combat Command, Chief of Staff and Director of Intelligence for U.S. Strategic Command, Vice Commander of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), and Deputy Commander, Combined Air Operations Center 6, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, NATO, Eskisehir, Turkey. Prior to his current assignment, he was Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command.

The general is a master navigator with more than 3,500 hours in the B-52H, RC-135V/W, T-43, E-8C and EC-130 aircraft.

EDUCATION
1980 Bachelor of Science degree in management and economics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1984 Masters of Arts degree in public administration, Northern Michigan University, Marquette
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1992 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
2009 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1980 - July 1981, Student, undergraduate navigator and electronic warfare training, 323rd Flying Training Wing, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. July 1981 - November 1981, Student, Combat Crew Training School, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. November 1981 - October 1985, Electronic Warfare Officer, later, Wing Executive Officer, 410th Bomb Wing, K.I. Sawyer AFB, Mich.
4. October 1985 - November 1986, Air Staff Training Program Officer, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
5. November 1986 - August 1989, Electronic Warfare Officer, later, Chief, Standardization Evaluation Branch, later, Chief, Training Flight, 343rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
6. August 1989 - August 1991, Chief, Advanced Aircraft Concept Section, Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
7. August 1991- June 1992, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 1992 - August 1995, Chief, Signals Intelligence Operations, Plans and Programs (J36); Reconnaissance Operations Officer (J38); and Senior Operations Officer and Single Integrated Operational Plan Adviser (J33), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
9. August 1995 - July 1996, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. July 1996 - July 1998, Operations Officer, later, Commander, 562nd Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
11. July 1998 - March 2000, Senior Controller, later, Chief, Joint Training and Exercise Division, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
12. March 2000 - June 2002, Commander, 93rd Operations Group, Robins AFB, Ga.
13. June 2002 - June 2003, Chief of Staff, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
14. June 2003 - May 2004, Executive Assistant to the Commander, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
15. May 2004 - June 2005, Director of Intelligence (J2), USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
16. June 2005 - November 2006, Vice Commander, 12th Air Force (AFSOUTH), Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
17. November 2006 - December 2007, Deputy Commander, Combined Air Operations Center 6, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, NATO, Eskisehir, Turkey
18. December 2007 - June 2009, Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
19. June 2009 - July 2011, Director of Requirements, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
20. July 2011 - present, Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1992 - August 1995, Chief, Signals Intelligence Operations, Plans and Programs (J36);  Reconnaissance Operations Officer (J38); and Senior Operations Officer and Single Integrated Operational Plan Adviser (J33), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a major and lieutenant colonel
2. July 1998 - March 2000, Senior Controller (J31), later, Chief, Joint Training and Exercise Division (J37), USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel 
3. June 2002 - June 2003, Chief of Staff, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a colonel 
4. June 2003 - June 2004, Executive Assistant to the Commander, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a colonel 
5. June 2004 - June 2005, Director of Intelligence (J2), USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a colonel 
6. November 2006 - December 2007, Deputy Commander, Combined Air Operations Center 6, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, NATO, Eskisehir, Turkey, as a brigadier general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Master navigator
Flight hours: More than 3,500
Aircraft flown: B-52H, RC-135V/W, T-43, E-8C and EC-130

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1980
First Lieutenant May 28, 1982
Captain May 28, 1984
Major Oct. 1, 1991
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 1995
Colonel May 1, 1999
Brigadier General Nov. 1, 2005
Major General  May 7, 2009

(Current as of October 2012)

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