COLONEL GARRY L. THOMPSON, USA (RETIRED)
During his 30 plus years of highly successful service to the U.S. Army, Garry Thompson led organizations from the platoon to brigade level both in combat and training environments while emphasizing servant leadership and building leaders of character. As an Apache helicopter pilot, he spent most of his career leading and training the Soldiers he served. His operational leadership assignments include the 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Field Artillery Brigade, 4/17th Cavalry Squadron, 2nd Infantry Division, and the 101st Airborne Division. Additionally, he served as a coach/consultant of Aviation leaders at the Army’s National Training Center.
At the strategic leadership level, Garry served as the Chief of Current Operations while flying aboard the National Airborne Operations Center responsible for ensuring continuity of command and control and situational awareness for national-level leadership. He successfully led an Army Aviation aircraft control battalion comprised of nearly 500 mid-grade and junior leaders which safely controlled over 1 million aircraft movements per year in the busiest airspace in the U.S. He guided operations for a military installation with over 20,000 employees and served as the principal advisor to the Commanding General of all Iraqi Army aviation forces.
Prior to his retirement in October 2019, Garry led the U.S. Army organization responsible for the leadership development of all Army Warrant Officers and was an instructor at the Air War College. In his capacity as Commandant (President) of the Army Warrant Officer Career College, Garry traveled the country delivering keynote leadership speeches and developed a leadership program which garnered support from prominent national leaders. His PhD in Human Capital Development specializes in, among other things, coaching/mentoring, project management, and return on investment strategies.
BS, Social Science, University of Rio Grande
MMAS, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth
MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College
PhD, Human Capital Development, The University of Southern Mississippi