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THOMAS E. AYRES

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Thomas E. Ayres is the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Air Force and Chief Legal Officer and Chief Ethics Official for the Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. In this role, he provides oversight, guidance and direction for legal advice provided by more than 2,600 Department of the Air Force military and civilian lawyers worldwide.

Prior to his appointment as the General Counsel, Mr. Ayres spent the majority of his professional career as an active duty judge advocate. He retired from active duty as the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. As a Brigadier General, he served as the Commander of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Commander, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, and Chief Judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Former key positions included: Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Staff Judge Advocate, Multi-National Corps-Iraq; Staff Judge Advocate, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg; and Staff Judge Advocate, 82d Airborne Division, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Early assignments included service as a Trial Counsel, Senior Prosecutor, and Chief of Criminal Law, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and as an Environmental Law and Litigation Attorney. Prior to serving as a judge advocate, Mr. Ayres served as an airborne rifle platoon leader, executive officer and personnel officer.

EDUCATION
1984 Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy
1991 J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law

MILITARY EDUCATION

1995 LL.M, The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School
1999 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
2005 Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College

MAJOR AWARDS AND HONORS

Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters
Master Parachutist Badge
American Trial Lawyer’s Association, Outstanding Military Trial Advocate, 1995

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
U.S. Supreme Court Bar
Pennsylvania State Bar
U.S. Court of Military Appeals

(Current as of March 2018)

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