Colonel Cleophus Thomas, Jr.
A native of Bessemer, Alabama, COL Cleophus Thomas Jr., received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1992 from Tuskegee University, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He has also completed a Master’s Degree in Administrative Management in 2003 from Central Michigan University. COL Thomas’ military career began in September 1992 as a Regular Army Officer in the Signal Corps. His first assignment was as the Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 51st Signal Battalion (Airborne), 35th Signal Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Other assignments include Brigade and Battalion Signal Officer, 20th Engineer Brigade and 37th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Division Radio Officer, (G-6) and Commander, Delta Company, 122nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Korea. He was selected for the Training with Industry Program working with Rockwell Collins, Inc., Dallas, Texas. He was then assigned as the Assistant TRADOC System Manager for Satellite Communication, Signal Towers, Fort Gordon, Georgia. He also served as the Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer, 1st SATCON Battalion, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was later assigned to United States Military Training Mission, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In July 2006 he was assigned to the National Military Command Center (NMCC) at Defense Information Systems Agency, Joint Staff Support Center (JSSC) as the Senior Communications Watch Officer. He then served as the JSSC, JC4 Division Chief, responsible for the 24x7 operations of the NMCC. From July 2008 to June 2010, COL Thomas was the Commander of 78th Signal Battalion, in Camp Zama, Japan. Following command, he was the Signal Corps Branch Chief, Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He is a recent graduate of National Defense University, Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington D.C with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. COL Thomas is currently the Commander, 516th Signal Brigade, at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
His military education includes the Signal Officers Basic Course and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Service Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Planning Course, and the Space Fundamentals Course.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal – 4th Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal - 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, both the German and American Parachutist Badge, and the Overseas Service Medal. Other awards include the Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge and the Signal Corps Regimental Bronze Order of Mercury.