Tom is a twenty-eight-year active-duty veteran of the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for combat in Vietnam.
After retiring from the Army as a Colonel, Tom joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was involved with the planning, deployment, and execution of numerous overseas military operations. He worked in the Department of Defense for forty-two years including twenty-four years in the Pentagon.
Tom earned military and civilian awards including the Parachutist Badge and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Tom has a Master’s Degree in History and is a member of the National History Honor Society. He is married with five children and nine grandchildren.