Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Harwood III is the Commander, 5th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Yokota Air Base, Japan. He is the senior U.S. Air Force representative in Japan and Commander of U.S. Air Force units in Japan.

General Harwood is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1981. He was awarded a Kennedy Fellowship following graduation and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1981 to 1983, finishing with a master's degree in public policy.

The general completed undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., in 1984, and served on active duty as an F-15 Eagle pilot and T-
38 Talon II instructor. In 1991, he joined the Air Force Reserve at Luke AFB, Ariz., converting to the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He completed seven combat deployments as a member of the 944th Fighter Wing, with missions in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2007, General Harwood has served as a mobilization assistant in Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces, and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He recently led the US Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia on extended active duty in USCENTCOM from 2013 to 2015. General Harwood is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours.

1981 Distinguished graduate, bachelor's degree in economics, U.S Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1983 Master's degree in public policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1988 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1997 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2004 Air War College, by correspondence
2008 Joint Forces Reserve Officers Course, Norfolk, Va.
2009 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Capstone, National Defense University, Fort. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2015 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2015 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

1. June 1983 - June 1984, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. October 1984 - March 1985, pilot, F-15 training, 2nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
3. April 1985 - April 1988, F-15 pilot, 525th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, Germany
4. April 1988 - August 1991, T-38 instructor pilot and flight examiner, 82nd Flying Training Wing, Williams AFB, Ariz.
5. August 1991 - July 2001, F-16 instructor pilot, mission commander and flight examiner, 302nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
6. July 2001 - September 2003, Commander, 301st Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
7. September 2003 - March 2005, Commander, 302nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
8. March 2005 - October 2007, Vice Commander, 944th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz. (May 2007 - September 2007, Deputy Commander, 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group, Balad AB, Iraq)
9. October 2007 - August 2009, mobilization assistant to the Commander, 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas
10. September 2009 - August 2011, mobilization assistant to the Commander, 13th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
11. August 2011 - June 2013, mobilization assistant to the Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. July 2013 - August 2015, Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, U.S. Central Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
13. September 2015 - August 2016, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
14. August 2016 - present, Commander, 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan

Chief, United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, as a Major General

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,600
Aircraft flown: F-16C/D, F-15A/B/C/D and T-38A

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Gallant Unit Citation Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1981
First Lieutenant May 27, 1983
Captain May 27, 1985
Major May 27, 1995
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 26, 2001
Colonel July 1, 2005
Brigadier General June 1, 2009
Major General May 28, 2011

(Current as of August 2016)