Major General Thomas W. O’Connor, Jr. Biography

About Major General Thomas W. O’Connor, Jr. (USA)

  • Commanding General
  • United States Army Aviation and Missile Command
  • 5300 Martin Road, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama 35898
Rank Date
Major General 3 Jan 23
Brigadier General 2 Oct 20

Major General Thomas W. O’Connor, Jr. Biography

On August 12, 2022, Maj. Gen. Tom O’Connor took command of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. In this role, he leads a team of over 16,000 Soldiers and civilians, responsible for providing support in aviation, missile, and test measurement and diagnostic equipment sustainment to enhance the readiness of joint warfighters. Maj. Gen. O’Connor originates from Massapequa Park, New York, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1994. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Army Aviation.

Throughout his career, Maj. Gen. O’Connor has served in various leadership and staff positions, starting from platoon leader to deputy commanding general in different units, including the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, the 25th Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 1st Armored Division, and the 1st Infantry Division. Additionally, he has held the position of deputy commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. Before assuming command of AMCOM, he served as Deputy Commanding General – Operations of the 8th Army in Korea.

In addition to his operational experience, Maj. Gen. O’Connor has contributed to non-operational roles, including service at the National Training Center, as deputy director of the Department of the Army G-3/5/7 Aviation, and as the Aviation Division Chief in the Office of the Department of the Army G8 deputy chief of staff. He has been deployed multiple times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Maj. Gen. O’Connor is well-educated, holding a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the U.S. Army Military Academy, a Master’s of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School.

For his outstanding service, Maj. Gen. O’Connor has been honored with numerous awards and decorations, including five Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal with valor, two Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, two Meritorious Unit Awards, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Badge.

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