Lieutenant General J.T. Thomson 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.
LTG Thomson served with U.S. Army Europe from 1987 to 1994 in the 3rd Infantry Division, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 1st Armored Division. Duties included platoon leader, battery executive officer, battalion and brigade staff positions, and battery commander, with deployment for Operation Desert Storm.
From 1998 to 2003, he served in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas including Battalion Executive Officer, Brigade Operations Officer and Brigade Executive Officer, with deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
LTG Thomson commanded the 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 2003 to 2005 followed by duty on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and 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, and 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).
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 later commanded the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas until October 2017, including deployment as Combined/Joint Task Force 1 for the NATO Resolute Support Mission. LTG Thomson’s most recent assignment was Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) for III Armored Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.