Command Sgt. Maj. Eric C. Thom is a native of Lancaster, Calif. He entered the United States Army as a cannon crew-member (13B). He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla., as part of a cohort unit which was then stationed at Fort Ord, Calif. Two years later, Thom re-enlisted as an air traffic controller. He has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a control tower operator and served as a worldwide examiner for tower, tactical tower, GCA and flight following facilities.
Thom has spent 16 of his 28 years in the Army at Fort Campbell, Ky., and has deployed to Honduras, Somalia, Haiti, Kosovo, two tours to Afghanistan, and Iraq. He has also served two tours in the Republic of Korea.
Thom has twice served as a brigade operations sergeant major and he served as the command sergeant major of the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry, Task Force Pale Horse, and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Thunder. His last assignment was as the HQDA G3/5/7 Aviation Directorate sergeant major in the Pentagon.
Thom’s military education includes every NCO Education System course from the Primary Leadership Development Course to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 56) and Command Sergeants Major Designee course. He has completed numerous technical and functional courses including the Senior Enlisted Joint PME, the CSMLO, the CSM Force Management course, the Master Resiliency Trainer course, Strategic Deployment Course, Equal Opportunity leader’s course, Leader/Management trainer’s course, airborne, and air assault. He has a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in business administration.
Thom’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Force Expedition Medal (2nd Award), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal , Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, United Nation Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drivers Badge, Amy Staff Badge and the Gold Recruiters Badge.
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