Douglas R. Thomson (’77)

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Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Thomson graduated from UT in 1977 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry. Following successful Ranger School and Airborne Course attendance, he served as an Infantry platoon leader and in battalion staff officer positions.

Thomson transferred into the Transportation Corps and subsequently the Acquisition Corps. He served as professor of military science at the University of Central Florida and as executive officer in the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Logistics. His active-duty career culminated as the Deputy US Army Reserve Advisor and then Deputy, Combat Service Support Director, Support Operations US Army Material Command. Thomson was on duty at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He received the Meritorious Medal for his selfless acts of courage without thought of his own safety on that fateful day.

Following retirement in 2003, Thomson returned to serve in the headquarters, Department of the Army Deputy G3/5/7 Army Transformation Office. Subsequently he managed the operations of the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield TMP, Red River Army Depot DPW, and culminated as the transition manager and program manager for the Fort Benning, Georgia, Logistics Readiness Center Logistics Services Support contract.

Thomson contributed to his community as a USA certified hockey coach for over 18 years and USA certified hockey referee for over 16 years.

Thomson and his wife, Sherri Spade, reside in Tonganoxie, Kansas.