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Brig. Gen. William E. Thomlinson is the mobilization assistant to the Director, Defense Contract Management Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va. DCMA is a combat support agency, providing contract management for the Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies. The agency is responsible for ensuring acquisition programs, supplies and services are delivered on time, within cost and meet performance standards. The agency currently manages 325,000 prime contracts valued in excess of $852 billion.

General Thomlinson is a command pilot with more than 5,700 military flying hours in a variety of aircraft. He has commanded a flying squadron and an airlift wing, and he served as vice commander of a numbered Air Force. Prior to his current assignment, the general was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command. 

In his civilian capacity, he is a flight standards check captain with a major airline. 

1968 Bachelor's degree in construction engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
1983 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1991 Distinguished graduate, National Security Management Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

1. April 1970 - April 1971, student, undergraduate pilot training, Craig AFB, Ala.
2. April 1971 - June 1974, 11th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
3. July 1974 - September 1974, student, advanced transport training, Altus AFB, Okla.
4. September 1974 - March 1984, C-141B pilot, assistant chief, then Chief of Aircrew Standardization, 313th Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
5. April 1984 - October 1989, assistant Chief, Aircrew Standardization, 446th Military Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash.
6. November 1989 - July 1992, Commander, 313th Military Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
7. August 1992 - January 1993, special assistant to the Vice Commander, 446th Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash.
8. February 1993 - December 1994, Vice Commander, 446th Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash.
9. January 1995 - September 1996, Commander, 446th Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash.
10. September 1996 - December 1998, Vice Commander, 4th Air Force, Headquarters 4th Air Force, McClellan AFB, Calif.
11. December 1998 - October 2000, mobilization assistant to the Director, Logistics, Engineering and Security Assistance Directorate (J4), U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii
12. October 2000 - present, mobilization assistant to the Director, Defense Contract Management Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 5,700 military; more than 15,000 commercial flying hours
Military aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, C-9A, C-9B, C-141A, C-141B and KC-135 


Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster 
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and bronze leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze star
Air Force Training Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)

1971 Distinguished graduate, undergraduate pilot training
1974 Distinguished graduate, advanced transport training

Second Lieutenant April 2, 1970
First Lieutenant Oct. 2, 1971
Captain April 2, 1973
Major April 2, 1984
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1988
Colonel July 1, 1992
Brigadier General May 20, 1997

(Current as of June 2001)