Tom's Priorities

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Meet Tom

Born on Long Island to a police detective, Tom developed a passion for theater and participated in plays and musicals throughout his childhood. He enlisted in the Army right out of high school, and after four years used the GI Bill to enroll at St. John's University in New York. While there he joined the ROTC program, and as the 1980 Distinguished Military Graduate received a direct Regular Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence.

While an officer, Tom earned his parachutist wings and later a Master's Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Washington D.C. During his 20-year commissioned tenure he served in various intelligence roles and planning capacities around the world to include: the US Navy Atlantic Command; Supreme Headquarters Allied Forces Europe(SHAPE) in Belgium (where he continued in community theater!); NATO Central Command in The Netherlands; U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, and; U.S Joint Forces Command. He also served as an intelligence analyst with the XVIII Airborne Corps during Operations Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Tom retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000. His military awards include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3x); Joint Forces Commendation Medal (2x). Of note, while attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College he was awarded the Douglas McArthur Leadership Writing Award. Tom spent the next 21 years as Senior Staff Officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Virginia where he was awarded Division Chief of the Year, Supervisory Staff Officer of the Year and the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

In 2021, Tom joined the Oxford and Butler County community. Tom is a member of the local Kiwanis and belongs to the American Legion. Now, he's turning his eye toward public service in the Ohio State Senate.

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