Major General Thomas L. Moore, Jr. - Retired
Major General Thomas L. “Tango” Moore, Jr. was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1973 through Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. He attained his B.A. Degree from Delta State University in 1982 under the Degree Completion Program. In addition to attaining a Graduate Degree from Troy State University in 1996, his formal military education includes The Basic School (1973), Naval Aviation Flight Training (1975), Armed Forces Staff College (1985), and Air War College (1994).
His first operational assignment was to 2D Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aircraft Group-26 as a CH-46 pilot. He served in Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 from April 1976 to October 1978 and deployed twice to the Mediterranean. His other tours included Station Operation and Engineering Squadron, Cherry Point, North Carolina, as a search and rescue pilot flying the CH-46, U-11 and T-39 aircraft; HMM-262 Assistant Maintenance and Maintenance Officer, 1st Marine Brigade Hawaii; MAG-24 Assistant Operations Officer; Action Officer for Plans Division, Plans Policies and Operations Department, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.; Executive Officer of HMM-266 and HMM-261, 2D MAW.
As Executive Officer for HMM-261, Major General Moore was ordered to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he flew combat operations in and around the Kuwaiti theater. He commanded HMM-261 from June 1991 to May 1993 and deployed to the Mediterranean as the Aviation Combat Element Commander for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).
In 1994 after a year as a student at Air War College he was assigned as Marine Advisor to the Commandant, Air Command and Staff College. In 1995 he assumed the position as Marine Advisor to the Commandant, Air War College.
In 1996 he was assigned as Deputy Operations Officer for First Marine Expeditionary Force. He assumed command of 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) in 1997 and deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf.
He was promoted to Brigadier General on 1 January 2000 and was assigned as Assistant Wing Commander, 2D MAW serving until July 2001. He served next at U.S. Joint Forces Command as Director for Operations and Plans (J-3) and Director for Logistics and Engineering (J-4) until August 2003.
He was advanced to Major General on 8 August 2003 and assumed the duties of Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia.
He served as Commanding General 2D Marine Aircraft Wing in Cherry Point, North Carolina from June 2004 to March 2006. He next served as Chief of Staff, Multi-National Force - Iraq, Baghdad from May 2006 to June 2007. In July of 2007 Major General Moore assumed his current duties as Chief of Staff, United States Central Command. In April 2008 he assumed the duties of Acting Deputy Commander, United States Central Command.
Major General Moore’s personal decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Air Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.