Col. Tom Drew enlisted in the Army in 1982 and graduated from flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, on September 13, 1983. During his initial tours he served as both an AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache instructor pilot. He completed Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned an Aviation Officer in 1989.
As a commissioned officer, Drew has held numerous leadership and staff positions including: Platoon leader, Assistant S-3 and S-2 of the 1-101st Aviation Regiment; S-1, 1-2nd Aviation Regiment (Camp Mobile, Korea); Commander, B Company, 1-24th Aviation Regiment (Savannah, Georgia); Platoon Leader and Company Commander, C Company, 1-160th SOAR(A); S-3, Executive Officer, Special Mission Unit Liaison Officer 1-160th SOAR(A); and Regiment S-3, 160th SOAR(A); Battalion Commander, 2/160th SOAR(A), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Director of Flight Concepts (Fort Eustis, Virginia); and Brigade Commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Fort Campbell, Kentucky). Drew assumed duties as the Deputy Commander, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence in June 2016.
Drew’s combat tours include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraq Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
His education includes a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Art Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. US Army War College Fellowship (National Security Fellow Duke University).
Drew is qualified to fly the UH-1H, OH-58A/C, AH-1G/S, AH-64A, MH-6M, UH-60A/L/M, MH-60L DAP, CH-47D/F, and MH-47G.
Awards and decorations which Drew has received include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with “V” device and numeral device “6”, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Master Aviator Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Military Free Fall Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
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