Maj. Gen. Thomas G. Lightner
Deputy Commanding General
U.S. Army, Western Command

Maj. Gen. Thomas G. Lightner

     Maj. Gen. Thomas Lightner graduated from the College of William and Mary with an undergraduate degree in Economics and he went on to earn a graduate degree in Management from Central Michigan University. From 1985-1988 he served as Deputy Commanding General for the US Army Western Command.

     After a tour of duty in Vietnam, Maj. Gen. Lightner's major assignments included commanding the Division Artillery for the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks from 1978-1980; commanding Battle Staff Team 5, Airborne Command Post, for the US Pacific Command at Hickam Air Force Base from 1980-1981; serving as Assistant Division Commander for the 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, California from 1981-1983; and serving as the Commanding General for the Second ROTC Region, Fort Knox, Kentucky, from 1983-1985. After his tour as Deputy Commander for WESTCOM, Lightner commanded the US Army Security Assistance Command in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1988-1991.

     Lightner's most prominent awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal. He retired from the Army on 31 January 1991 and since then, he has worked as a consultant for several defense industry firms, including Raytheon Corporation and TRW Corporation. In 1993, Lightner joined Coleman Research Corporation as a Vice President, and managed various business sectors involving energy, environmental and information technology development and support to industry and government.


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