Career assignments: Executive Director, Navy League of the United States. Coast Guard commands included USCGC MANITOU and recruit Training Center Cape May. Flag assignments included Chief, Response (CG-5R), Chief, Human Resources (CG-1) and Commander, Coast Guard District 14 in Honolulu, Hawaii. RADM Thomas was named a United States International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ambassador in 2015.
Education: B.S. in Civil Engineering, Coast Guard Academy; M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College; M.S. in Educational Leadership, Troy State University; Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Institute; Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies; Dept. of Homeland Security Pacific Executive Leadership Program, certificate in Nonprofit Management, Georgetown University. Awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, Dept. of State Superior Honor Award, and the Sea Services Leadership Association "North Star".