Colonel John “J.T.” Thomson
4th Infantry Division
Colonel (promotable) John “J.T.” Thomson hails from Tyler, Texas and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1986. His initial assignment was with the 6th Battalion, 41st Field Artillery (M109A2, 155mm SP) in Kitzingen, Germany in direct support to the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division from 1987 to 1990 including duty as Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, Support Platoon Leader, and Battalion Maintenance Officer.
In 1990, Colonel Thomson was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Nuremburg, Germany. His duty assignments included Regimental Assistant S4, Regimental Target Analyst, and Fire Support Officer. From 1992 to 1994, he served as Operations Officer for the 1st Armored Division Artillery in Baumholder, Germany, and then later commanded Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery (M109A2, 155mm SP) in direct support to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Following battery command he served as a Tactical Officer for the U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point, New York until 1997.
From June 1998 to June 2003, Colonel Thomson was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division (M) at Fort Hood, Texas. His duty assignments included Assistant Fire Support Coordinator (Plans), Division Artillery S3, Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery (MLRS), Division Artillery Executive Officer, and Division Deputy Chief of Staff.
Colonel Thomson commanded the 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery (MLRS) of the 214th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from June 2003 to June 2005. Following battalion command, he served on the Joint Staff as an advisor to the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, extensively interacting and traveling with the U.S. Department of State on national security affairs. From May 2007 to February 2008, he served as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General of Multi-National Corps – Iraq. He later headed the Commander’s Initiatives Group for Multi-National Forces-Iraq from October 2008 to January 2009, and then served as Executive Officer to the MNF-I Commanding General from April 2009 to July 2009.
Colonel Thomson commanded the 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas from October 2009 to July 2011. Following brigade command, he became the Director of the Chief’s Coordination Group (CCG) for the 38th Chief of Staff of the Army at Headquarters, Department of the Army through March 2013. In April 2013, he assumed duties as Deputy Commander for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Colonel Thomson earned a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1986 and a M.S. degree in Counseling and Leader Development from Long Island University in 1995. He is also a graduate of the German Army’s Tactical Warfighting Course, the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School of the Joint Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship program at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Ancient Order of St. Barbara medal, and 2nd Cavalry Dragoon Order of the Spur.