HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

JAMES A. THOMAS, JR.

PRINT | E-MAIL

Mr. James Thomas, a member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Matthew Donovan. In this position, Mr. Thomas is the senior civilian adviser to the Secretary, providing budget, communications, legislative and policy support. He is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the Secretary’s policies, goals and objectives throughout the Department of the Air Force.

Before joining the Department of the Air Force, Mr. Thomas was the Special Assistant and Team Chief to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. He provided support in assessing the Department’s policies, requirements, plans and programs in support of the Secretary of Defense’s legislative agenda, and the Department’s relationship with Congress, particularly in matters of military personnel policy; military community and family policy; civilian personnel policy; and readiness and training. 

Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Thomas was the Assistant Vice President of Policy at the National Defense Industrial Association. Mr. Thomas provided strategic guidance to, and was the personal representative of the Chairman of the Board and the President and CEO on major initiatives, policy, business development and corporate communications relating to acquisition, intelligence, cyber security, federal budget, innovation, information technology and the industrial base. Mr. Thomas testified before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at an open hearing titled, “Evaluating the Defense Contract Audit Process.” 

Mr. Thomas served as the Legislative Director and National Security Policy Advisor to Congressman Duncan Hunter of California, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Thomas was responsible for all policy matters relating to national security, foreign affairs and veterans issues. He offered Congressman Hunter key advice and recommendations on matters relating to Iraq and Afghanistan, intelligence gathering and dissemination, industrial base policy and military readiness and training, among other policy issues.

Previously, Mr. Thomas worked as a Legislative Specialist in the Office of the Under Secretary for International Trade at the Department of Commerce. He managed all legislative activity for the International Trade Administration and provided strategic legislative advice to senior ITA principals. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Mr. Thomas enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Thomas served as an infantryman with combat deployments to Iraq where he led Marines on search and recovery operations in western Iraq. He received numerous medals and awards including the Marine Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter Award.  

EDUCATION
2005 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.  
 
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
2002 – 2010, United States Marine Corps Reserve 
2006 – 2007, Republican National Committee, Washington, D.C. 
2007 – 2009, Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Washington, D.C.  
2009 – 2014, U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Washington, D.C. 
2014 – 20017, National Defense Industrial Association, Arlington, Va. 
2017 – 2018, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 
2018 – present, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.   
 
 
(Current as of March 2018)  
 

Engage

Facebook Twitter
The opening of Cargo City successfully transitions operations from the #USAF & Coalition Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Ba… https://t.co/K73PkhjpNY
RT @AirmanMagazine: It started as a dare between two pilots... The @usairforce Hurricane Hunters save lives by flying through hurricanes t…
RT @ActingSecAF: Thanks to this crew for making the right call and saving the life of a fellow service member. https://t.co/cP4KCIQFgD
The Space Test Program-2 will provide the #USAF with insight into the SpaceX booster recovery and refurbishing proc… https://t.co/qYhlj7Je9V
RT @ActingSecAF: Happy birthday @USArmy. 244 years of defending our nation. @SecArmy https://t.co/AfMoPxwbd8
RT @DeptofDefense: “They’re really noisy, but I love them.” This @USAirForce F-15 Eagle crew chief from the @142ndFW shares his motivation…
Today, America recognizes the birth of Old Glory with its own holiday. Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877 to mar… https://t.co/wqoEjdqQFy
#FollowFriday! @ActingSecAF Matthew Donovan is responsible for the affairs of the #USAF, including the organizing,… https://t.co/28IlKOKWMq
.@NellisAFB fixed wing aircrews are flight-testing new prototype helmets this summer, thanks in part to an accelera… https://t.co/4HSUGSk3Qg
The 2019 @warriorgames Opening Ceremony is set for 6/22 @AmalieArena w/@HunterHayes! Stay up to date with your… https://t.co/u34QuBnpdo
.@AETCommand's latest #podcast series dives into "Developing Mach-21 #Airmen," providing visibility on recruiting,… https://t.co/CGSHJonQAT
RT @ActingSecAF: Thanks to the support of Congress, the @usairforce is developing game changing technology. #fasterandsmarter https://t.co/…
#DYK, Flight equipment has historically been designed to fit males because there are statistically more male… https://t.co/iJnSp1pV74
.@AirForceReserve #Airmen rescues an 8yr old boy from flood waters, in Prague, Oklahoma. #USAFhttps://t.co/Y4efafIkO6
#DYK, Individuals w/ disabilities comprise a large part of the #USAF civilian force. As part of the American Disabi… https://t.co/LOP14Xhg4j
Two of #AirForce's newest aircraft complete receiver certification, moving one step closer to enhancing #warfigtherhttps://t.co/F6pvB6PEac
.@HQAirUniversity's Squadron Officer School students collaborate to explore ways #AI can solve #AirForce issues and… https://t.co/QBCFwaGUdh
Vandenberg #AirForce Base is set to support the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, carrying the RADARSAT Constellation… https://t.co/PohIOze3HC