Colonel Thomas Smith Jr., 433rd Airlift Wing Commander, JBSA

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Col. Thomas K. Smith, Jr. is the commander of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 433rd Airlift Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He directs the operations and activities of approximately 2,500 personnel assigned to the wing headquarters and 21 subordinate units. The Alamo Wing is the home of the Formal Training Unit for all C-5M Super Galaxy aircrew training.

Colonel Smith is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy as well as a Guggenheim Scholar. He served in various leadership roles in four different major commands and also as a United States Air Force Academy assistant professor.

In 2001, he entered the Air Force Reserve and has seen duty as instructor aircraft commander, pilot resource manager, operations officer, and deputy operations group commander. He also commanded the 507th Air Refueling Group, and the 459th Air Refueling Wing. He is a command pilot with more than 6,500 hours, which include over 350 combat and combat support hours.

Colonel Smith led missions in support of Operations Allied Force, Joint Guardian, Provide Comfort, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In 2011, he deployed and served as team chief in the U.S. European Command Joint Operations Center during the initial actions of Operations ODYSSEY DAWN and UNIFIED PROTECTOR.


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