Major Gen. Tom Thomas, assistant to cyber commander and a resident of Newark, Del., to retire from the Delaware Air National Guard

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Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas A. Thomas, Jr. will retire from the Delaware Air National Guard after 34 years of service, and 38 years of total military service.

A retirement ceremony is being held this Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., at Delaware ANG HQ, New Castle Air National Guard Base, in New Castle, Delaware.

Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala is the presiding official.

From March 2011 to the present, Gen. Thomas serves as the National Guard Assistant to the Commander, United States Cyber Command and the Director of the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md. In this position Gen. Thomas oversees both reserve and National Guard units for the U.S. Strategic Command support to U.S. Cyber Command.

He previously served as the mobilization assistant to the director, Defense Information Systems Agency/Commander for U.S. Strategic Command Global Network Operations and Defense. He commanded the Delaware ANG's 166th Network Warfare Squadron, operating out of the NSA in Baltimore, Md., and was the Delaware National Guard State Joint Force Headquarters Commander for all statewide communications and computer systems. In his career he has worked as a communications officer, engineering officer, and disaster preparedness officer.

General Thomas was promoted to the rank of major general in the Delaware ANG Jan. 1, 2013. He joined the Delaware National Guard in 1981 as an enlisted member of the 166th Communication Flight, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1984. His military career began with four years' service in the active duty Air Force as an enlisted telecommunications and cryptographic technician.

General Thomas is a 1974 graduate of Laurel High School, and resides in Newark, Del.

General Thomas is employed by Bank of America, N.A. as a senior vice president in Newark, Del., working as a chief engineer for the technology integration management group within the consumer bank division.

General Thomas has undergraduate degrees in digital electronics, liberal arts, and industrial engineering, with an M.S. degree and doctoral studies in computer science. In his professional military education, he is a graduate of Squadron Officers School, Air Force Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

The Delaware ANG has over 1,100 members, and continually deploys personnel and subordinate units around the globe. This release is in the public domain, and any part may be used as written.

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