Deputy Commanding General - Support: Brigadier General Thomas O'Connor
Brigadier General Tom O’Connor hails from Massapequa Park, New York. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation branch.
His operational assignments include the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Fort Carson); the 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment (Fort Hood), the 25th Aviation Brigade (Wheeler Army Airfield); the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment (Schofield Barracks); the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment (Fort Campbell), the 101st Com-bat Aviation Brigade (Fort Campbell), the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (Wheeler Army Airfield); and the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division (Ft Bliss) where he served in leadership and staff positions from platoon leader to brigade commander. His most recent leadership position prior to arriving to Fort Riley was service as the Deputy Commander of the United States Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence.
Brig. Gen. O’Connor’s assignments outside of the operational force include service at the National Training Center, as the Deputy Director of DAMO-AV, G-3/5/7 on the Department of the Army’s Staff, and as the Aviation Division Chief in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8.
Brig. Gen. O’Connor’s combat experience includes service as an executive officer of a combined arms battalion task force deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005-2006); as an operation officer of a multi-functional aviation battalion task force and then aviation brigade deployed to Regional Command-East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2007-2008). He also served as the commander of a combined arms battalion task force deployed to Regional Command-South as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (2012-2013).
Brig. Gen. O’Connor earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy, a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Air Medal with valor, Air Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Unit Award (2), Combat Action Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Badge.