Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Gibson is Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the Air Force's Center of Excellence for advanced expeditionary combat support training and education, while also providing direct oversight for en route and installation support, contingency response, and partner capacity building mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. The Expeditionary Center provides operational control of the the Expeditionary Operations School and administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command. These units include the 87th Air Base Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein AFB, Germany; the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina; the 43rd Airlift Group at Pope Field, North Carolina; and the 627th Air Base Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
General Gibson received his commission through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. He has served as an instructor pilot for the T-37 Tweet, C-5 Galaxy, TG-7A motorglider and KC-135 Stratotanker. His command assignments include the 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, the 71st Mission Support Group at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and the 10th Air Base Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. General Gibson’s staff assignments include Aide-de-Camp to the Academy Superintendent, Director of the Commander’s Action Group for Air Combat Command and Senior Executive Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s logistics director. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Director for Joint Integration, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
General Gibson is a command pilot with more than 2,600 hours in the T-37, T-38, C-5, TG-7 and KC-135.
1988 Bachelor of Science degree in English, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1993 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1998 Master's degree in Management, Colorado Christian University, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2000 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2001 Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2002 Master's degree in Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Air War College, by correspondence
2007 National Security Fellowship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 Joint Professional Military Education II, Joint Forces Staff College, Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
1. August 1988 - August 1989, Student Pilot, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. August 1989 - August 1990, Student, Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. February 1990 - June 1992, T-37 Instructor Pilot, Squadron and Operations Group Executive Officer, Columbus AFB, Miss.
4. June 1992 - June 1995, C-5 Instructor Pilot, Travis AFB, Calif.
5. June 1995 - October 1998, TG-7A Instructor Pilot and Aide-de-Camp to the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
6. October 1998 - March 1999, Student, KC-135 Initial Qualification, Altus AFB, Okla.
7. April 1999 - June 2000, KC-135 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, McConnell AFB, Kan.
8. June 2000 - June 2001, student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. June 2001 - June 2002, Student, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. June 2002 - June 2004, Deputy Director and Director, Commander's Action Group, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
11. June 2004 - August 2004, student, KC-135E Initial Qualification Course, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. August 2004 - June 2006, Commander, 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadron (redesignated 21st Air Mobility Operations Squadron), Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
13. June 2006 - June 2007, National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
14. June 2007 - July 2009, Chief of Readiness, Exercises and Plans, and Senior Executive Assistant to the Director of Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
15. July 2009 - June 2011, Commander, 71st Mission Support Group, Vance AFB, Okla.
16. June 2011 – June 2013, Commander, 10th Air Base Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
17. June 2013 – September 2014, Director of Joint Integration, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. October 2014 – present, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
June 2007 - July 2009, Chief of Readiness, Exercises and Plans, and Senior Executive Assistant to the Director of Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,600
Aircraft: T-37, T-38, C-5, TG-7 and KC-135
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1988
First Lieutenant June 1990
Captain June 1992
Major May 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 2003
Colonel September 2007
Brigadier General September 2013
(Current as of February 2015)