Major General Thomas Deale

Former Vice Director for Joint Force Development US Joint Staff

Maj Gen Thomas Deale was the Vice Director for Joint Force Development on the Joint Staff, Washington D.C. Supporting the Director, he provided oversight and direction of a diverse organization of more than 1,500 military and civilian members that provides for joint training, joint education, joint force development, concept development, operational analysis, joint doctrine, lesson learned and capabilities development activities to achieve the National Military Strategy and the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s vision for the future joint force. General Deale entered the Air Force in 1987 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His diverse background includes positions in operations/plans, battlefield command and control, doctrine, international affairs, manpower/personnel and professional military education. His command assignments include a fighter squadron, operations group, fighter wing and the Air Command and Staff College. He also commanded both the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing and the 455th AEW in Afghanistan. His staff assignments include the Air Force Doctrine Center, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and the Joint Staff. Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he served as the director of operations, Air Combat Command. General Deale is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours and has deployed and flown combat missions over Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria in the A-10 Thunderbolt II and MQ-9 Reaper.

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