Lieutenant General John C. Thomson III (J.T.), U.S. Army, hails from Tyler, Texas and earned his commission as a second lieutenant of field artillery from the U.S. Military Academy on May 28, 1986. He assumed duties with NATO Allied Land Command in August 2018.
For the first seven years of his career, LTG Thomson was assigned to units in U.S. Army Europe. From 1987 to 1994, he served with the 3rd Infantry Division, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 1st Armored Division. Duties included fire direction officer, platoon leader, battery executive officer, battalion and brigade staff positions, and battery commander, with one deployment for Operation Desert Storm.
From 1994 to 1997, LTG Thomson served as a Company Tactical Officer and a Battalion Tactical Officer in the U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point, New York.
From 1998 to 2003, LTG Thomson served in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. Duties included Fire Support Coordinator, Battalion Executive Officer, Brigade Operations Officer, and Brigade Executive Officer, with one deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
LTG Thomson commanded the 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 2003 to 2005. He next served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, extensively interacting with the U.S. Department of State on global security affairs. From May 2007 to July 2009, he served multiple tours with Multi-National Corps – Iraq (MNC-I) and Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I).
LTG Thomson commanded the 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas from 2009 to 2011, then served as Director of the Coordination Group for the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. From 2013 to 2014, he served as Deputy Commanding General for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, including duty as Deputy Commander for Regional Command-South as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
From August 2014 until December 2015, LTG Thomson served as the Commandant of Cadets for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He subsequently commanded the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas until October 2017, including command of Combined/Joint Task Force 1 and the U.S. National Support Element as part of the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Bagram, Afghanistan. LTG Thomson’s most recent assignment was Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) for III Armored Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.