Thomas Joyce became the deputy to the garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Benelux in October 2017. In this position, he is responsible for the management and execution of a variety of installation management activities supporting the U.S. and NATO in multiple locations and countries throughout the region. Prior to this assignment, he served as the first chief, Human Resources Division, Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Directorate - Training.
He began his federal civilian service career in August 2015 with IMCOM’s Central Region. Immediately prior to joining the IMCOM team, he was a senior change management advisor with USAA after having served almost 28 years in the U.S. Air Force. While on active duty in the Air Force, he served in a number of key command and staff positions, including: commander of the Air Force Services Agency / Director of MWR & Services, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; commander of the Dover Port Mortuary (Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations), Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; commander of the 376th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan; deputy director, A1/Manpower, Personnel, and Services, Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; executive officer to the commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base; deputy commander, 435th Mission Support Group, Ramstein Air Base; and military assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Force Management Integration, Headquarters Air Force, Washington, D.C.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in May 1986 via its Air Force ROTC program. In addition, he attended Purdue University and earned a master of science degree in hospitality management. He also attended both Air Command and Staff College and Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and earned a Master of Military Operational Art and Science and Master of Strategic Studies degrees, respectively. Significant training includes Leading for Organizational Impact at the Center for Creative Leadership; Senior Lean Leader Course, University of Tennessee; Joint Chiefs of Staff Anti-Terrorism Level IV training, the U.S. Air Force Senior Office Security Seminar, U.S. Air Force Emergency Operations Center Director course, and USAA’s Prosci Change Management training and certification, the U.S. Army Employee Engagement Symposium, and the Army Management Staff College’s Continuing Education for Senior Leaders seminar.
His awards include the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and two Army Commander’s Awards for Civilian Service.