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MAJOR GENERAL EVERETT H. THOMAS

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Maj. Gen. Everett H. Thomas is Vice Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. General Thomas assists the commander in organizing, training, equipping and maintaining our nation's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, B-2 and B-52 aircraft. Air Force Global Strike Command provides combatant commanders with combat ready forces to conduct the strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike missions.

General Thomas was commissioned through the ROTC program in 1980. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels, and has a broad range of operational tours in ICBM and space operations and maintenance. He has commanded an Air Force Station, a space launch squadron, the Air Force's largest Minuteman and Peacekeeper ICBM operations group at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., and the Air Force's largest ICBM wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont. His staff assignments include executive officer to the Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command, and assistant executive officer to the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. He has also served as Chief, Nuclear Arms Control Division and Deputy Director for the Middle East and International Negotiations, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Programs and later as Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, Africa, and International Negotiations on the Joint Staff.

General Thomas also served as Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev., where he was the center's focal point for air, space and information warfare expertise. His recent leadership position was Commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center where he was responsible for sustainment of nuclear weapons and weapons systems throughout the Air Force.

EDUCATION
1980 Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Miss.
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1985 Master of Science degree in industrial safety, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo.
1993 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1999 Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2004 National Security Management Course, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2009 Executive Course on National and International Security, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. September 1980 - August 1982, executive support officer, 351st Civil Engineer Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
2. September 1982 - April 1983, Commander, Squadron Section, 43rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Andersen AFB, Guam
3. May 1983 - November 1983, Commander, Headquarters Squadron Section, 43rd Combat Support Group, Andersen AFB, Guam
4. January 1984 - March 1984, student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. March 1984 - July 1984, student, initial qualification training, 4315th Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
6. August 1984 - December 1986, deputy missile combat crew commander; missile combat crew commander; and flight commander, 510th Strategic Missile Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
7. January 1987 - September 1987, executive officer to the Commander, 351st Strategic Missile Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
8. October 1987 - August 1988, Air Staff Training officer, Directorate of Maintenance and Supply, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. August 1988 - August 1991, officer-in-charge, Electro-Mechanical Branch; officer in charge, Scheduling Control Branch; and officer in charge, Vehicle Equipment Control Branch, 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
10. August 1991 - January 1992, executive manager to the Headquarters Strategic Air Command/Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command (Provisional) Transition Team, Offutt AFB, Neb.
11. January 1992- June 1992, executive officer to the Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, and to the Director, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command (Provisional), Offutt AFB, Neb.
12. August 1992 - June 1993, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. June 1993 - April 1994, Chief, Spacelift Maintenance Booster Section, and executive officer to the Director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
14. April 1994 - August 1994, executive officer to the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
15. August 1994 - August 1995, assistant executive officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16. September 1995 - November 1996, Commander, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
17. November 1996 - June 1998, Commander, 5th Space Launch Squadron, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.
18. August 1998 - August 1999, student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
19. August 1999 - July 2001, Commander, 90th Operations Group, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
20. July 2001 - September 2002, Chief, Nuclear Arms Control Division; and Deputy Director, Middle East and International Negotiations, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Programs (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
21. October 2002 - June 2003, Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, Africa, and International Negotiations, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Programs (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
22. June 2003 - June 2004, Vice Commander, 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Fla.
23. July 2004 - April 2006, Commander, 341st Space Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
24. April 2006 - April 2008, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.
25. April 2008 - January 2011, Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
26. January 2011 - present, Vice Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2001 - September 2002, Chief, Nuclear Arms Control Division; and Deputy Director, Middle East and International Negotiations, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Programs (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
2. October 2002 - June 2003, Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, Africa, and International Negotiations, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Programs (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel

BADGES
Master Missile Operations Badge
Master Missile Maintenance Badge
Master Space Badge

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

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 7, 1980
First Lieutenant Sept. 7, 1982
Captain Sept. 7, 1984
Major Oct. 1, 1991
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 1995
Colonel May 1, 1999
Brigadier General Dec. 2, 2006
Major General Aug. 2, 2010

(Current as of May 2013)

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