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Brig Gen Robert D. Thomas, USAF, Retired

President and Chief Operating Officer

For all those who selflessly serve to defend and protect our way of life, it’s our honor to serve those who make such service possible: the military family.

Robert D. Thomas joined the Operation Homefront executive team in August 2015 following a nearly 31- year career of distinguished service in the Air Force. In his final command assignment, he led the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, where he was responsible for directing the education and training programs that produce more than 81 percent of the officer corps of the Air Force. In addition to being an experienced combat pilot, Bob held staff assignments at Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Joint Special Operations Command, the United Nations and the Air Staff. He has flown combat/combat support missions or deployed with joint/combined special operations task forces in Panama and Somalia, as well as Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.   

Bob holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California and the National Defense University.  

After serving as Operation Homefront’s Chief Operating Officer for more than eight years, Bob was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer on March 1, 2024.  In this capacity, Bob will continue overseeing the organization’s daily operations.  He will lead programs, services and the multi-functional teams across Operation Homefront that provide relief and recurring family support, throughout the year, to tens of thousands of military families.  

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