HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

LIEUTENANT GENERAL JOHN F. THOMPSON

PRINT | E-MAIL

Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson is the Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He is responsible for approximately 6,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $9 billion. As the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, General Thompson manages the research, design, development, acquisition and sustainment of satellites and the associated command and control systems. His extensive portfolio includes military satellite communication, missile warning, navigation and timing, space-based weather, space launch and test ranges, certification for launch, space superiority, responsive space and other emerging evolutionary space programs.

Lt. Gen.Thompson entered the Air Force in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of scientific, acquisition and logistics-oriented capacities, including staff assignments at Air Force Systems Command, Air Force Materiel Command and in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. 

The general has been Chief of the Commodities Division, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Utah, and Chief of the Air Vehicle Division, C-17 System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He also served as Director of Propulsion, Oklahoma City ALC, Okla.; and Chief of Staff, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB. He has commanded the 327th Aircraft Sustainment Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla., and the 303rd Aeronautical Systems Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he served as Air Force Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. General Thompson has also served as Air Force Program Executive Officer for Strategic Systems, Deputy Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, and KC-46 Program Director.

Prior to assuming his current position, Lt. Gen. Thompson was Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

EDUCATION 
1984 Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. 
1988 Master of Science degree in industrial engineering, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas 
1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
1995 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va. 
2001 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
2006 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, N.Y. 

ASSIGNMENTS 
1. January 1985-August 1987, Occupational Analyst, Air Force Occupational Measurement Center, Randolph AFB, Texas 
2. August 1987-August 1988, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas 
3. August 1988-August 1989, Manager, International Cooperative Research and Development, Deputy Chief of Staff for Technology, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md. 
4. August 1989-December 1990, Special Assistant, Deputy Chief of Staff for Technology, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md. 
5. December 1990-July 1991, Action Officer, Commander's Staff Group, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md. 
6. July 1991-July 1992, Action Officer, Command Integration, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command (Provisional), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 
7. July 1992-August 1994, Chief, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile Subsystems Development, TSSAM System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 
8. August 1994-June 1995, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
9. June 1995-August 1996, Chief, Acquisition Management and Policy Branch, Program Integration Division, Directorate of Global Power Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Washington, D.C.
10. August 1996-November 1996, Student, Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va. 
11. November 1996-January 1998, Lead Joint Strike Fighter Program Element Monitor, Air Superiority Division, Directorate of Global Power Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Washington, D.C.
12. January 1998-January 1999, Executive Officer, Directorate of Global Power Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Washington, D.C. 
13. January 1999-January 2000, Deputy Chief, Industrial Operations Division, Commodities Directorate, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah 
14. January 2000-July 2000, Chief, Commodities Division, Commodities Directorate, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, Utah 
15. July 2000-July 2001, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
16. July 2001-May 2003, Chief, Air Vehicle Division, C-17 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 
17. June 2003-February 2005, Director of Propulsion, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla. 
18. February 2005-August 2006, Commander, 327th Aircraft Sustainment Wing, Oklahoma City ALC, Tinker AFB, Okla. 
19. August 2006-November 2006, Deputy Director, Strategic Plans and Programs (A8), Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 
20. November 2006-March 2009, Chief of staff, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
21. March 2009-March 2010, Commander, 303rd Aeronautical Systems Wing, and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
22. March 2010-September 2011, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Strategic Systems, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
23. September 2011-July 2012, Deputy Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, Arlington, Va.
24. July 2012-January 2013, Tanker Program Executive Officer and KC-46 Program Director, Tanker Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
25. January 2013-September 2014, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Tankers, Tanker Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
26. October 2014–May 2017, Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
27. May 2017–present, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal 
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal 
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters 
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Air Force Achievement Medal 
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with four oak leaf clusters 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS 
1990 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 
Second Lieutenant Dec. 19, 1984 
First Lieutenant Dec. 19, 1986 
Captain Dec. 19, 1988 
Major Nov. 1, 1994 
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 1998 
Colonel Aug. 1, 2002 
Brigadier General Dec. 5, 2008 
Major General Nov.18, 2011
Lieutenant General Oct. 2, 2014

(Current as of May 2020)

 

Engage

Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: @usairforce @GenDaveGoldfein Working together & accelerating change, I'm confident that our @usairforce can continue to b…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: @usairforce @GenDaveGoldfein You can expect my leadership will be framed by the same four tenants I've used throughout my…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: @usairforce @GenDaveGoldfein To do so, we must no longer defer, but must accelerate the needed change & tough choices we'…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: @usairforce @GenDaveGoldfein Building on @GenDaveGoldfein's 3 focus areas, I'm committed to addressing today's challenges…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: @usairforce @GenDaveGoldfein It's due to their trials & tribulations in #BreakingBarriers that I can address you today as…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: @usairforce @GenDaveGoldfein Those like the #TuskegeeAirmen, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Chappie James, African-American lead…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: @usairforce @GenDaveGoldfein This is a very historic day for our Nation & I don't take this moment lightly. Today is poss…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: @usairforce I'm proud to follow extraordinary leaders. Chiefs of Staffs from Spaatz to @GenDaveGoldfein, who have lead ou…
Twitter
RT @AFThunderbirds: Update: flyover is at 11:15 AM!
Twitter
RT @AFThunderbirds: Headed to salute @GenDaveGoldfein and welcome the 22nd CSAF: Gen. Charles Q. Brown at @Andrews_JBA! Look up at 1105 AM…
Twitter
Join us for the Air Force Chief of Staff transition ceremony LIVE from @Andrews_JBA at 9:30AM EDT.… https://t.co/fnGXOh7m0k
Twitter
US & Canadian members worked together to repair a fuel pump on a Canadian C-17A Globemaster III at Ali Al Salem Air… https://t.co/e52k3ogDdx
Twitter
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: The Airmen of today's @usairforce are the most incredible, patriotic, & disciplined professionals I've ever had the pl…
Twitter
Pentagon staff clap-out @GenDaveGoldfein as he exited the Pentagon on his final day as Air Force Chief of Staff.… https://t.co/AgqLS8pUgD
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: After 37 years of steadfast service to the @USAirForce and #Airmen, no one has earned a standing ovation more than @GenD
Twitter
Guardsmen from the @HiAirGuard and @PANationalGuard located three missing mariners on Pikelot Island during a searc… https://t.co/RFRmCo5koQ
Twitter
Join us for the Air Force Chief of Staff transition ceremony LIVE from @Andrews_JBA tomorrow at 9:30AM EDT!… https://t.co/6M0EIYvyzL
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Hear Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh share his first message to the field as the 13th Director of the Air National Guard. https:/…
Twitter
#DYK The 379th Bomb Group flew more sorties than any other bomb group in the Eighth Air Force & dropped a greater b… https://t.co/dbNo8vxohZ
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,263,091
Follow Us