Lt. Col. Mason D. Thompson was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and calls Imlay City, Michigan, home. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1997 as an Infantryman and served in the 1-50th Infantry Regiment and the Fort Benning Flight Detachment before selection to Officer Candidate School and commissioning as an Aviation Lieutenant in 1999.
Prior to his arrival to Fort Eustis, Virginia, Mason served in the Joint Special Operations Command’s Joint Interagency Task Force - National Capital Region as the Deputy Director of Operations and Director of Operations for a deployed Task Force. Over his 20 year career, he has served in wide variety of assignments, including operational deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Gallant Phoenix.
Mason served in Aviation leadership and staff assignments as a company grade officer while assigned to 3-58th Aviation Regiment and 2-501st Aviation Regiment in Hanau, Germany, and the First Armored Division Commanding General’s Flight Detachment and 1-214th Aviation Regiment in Wiesbaden, Germany. His service in Germany is highlighted by command of the U.S. Army’s largest fixed wing company, B Company, 1-214th Aviation Regiment and Commander, Wiesbaden Army Airfield.
As a field grade officer Mason moved to Hawaii in 2010 and deployed as an Advisor to Iraqi Security Forces and Brigade Chief of Operations for 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (SBCT). He then served as the Chief of Operations, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and Brigade Aviation Officer and Brigade Operations Officer for the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade.
His education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Aviation Officer Basic Course, Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Qualification Course, and SERE-C. He is qualified in the UH-60, C-12, and UC-35 aircraft and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
His significant awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge and Senior Army Aviator Badge.
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