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Col COLONEL THOMAS M. CLOHESSY

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Col Thomas M. Clohessy, Deputy Director of Contracting, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He guides contracting policy for 13 acquisition Directorates at three Operating Locations, ensuring workforce development for more than 2,000 contracting professionals and manages a contract execution staff of over 200 professionals. Col Clohessy guides more than $43 billion in annual obligations for 11 Program Executive Officers and 2 Direct Report Divisions. He is also responsible for more than 550 Air Force, joint and allied warfighting programs valued at more than $278 billion in active contracts. These programs include F-22, F-16, and F-15 fighter aircraft; C-17 and C-5 cargo aircraft; the KC-46 tanker aircraft, B-1 and B-2 bomber aircraft; and Predator, Global Hawk and Reaper remotely piloted aircraft.

Col Clohessy received his commission through the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana ROTC program. He has served in a variety of positions in the contracting career field at Squadron, Wing, Joint Staff and Air Staff Level.  Col Clohessy is Certified Level III, in Contracting. He commanded twice at the squadron level as the 48th Contracting Squadron commander, RAF Lakeneheath, UK and as the 506th Expeditionary Support Squadron Commander, Thumrait, Oman.  Prior to his current position, Col Clohessy was the SOF Warrior Contracting Division Chief at SOF Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Directorate, HQ USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, FL.

EDUCATION

1999      Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL
2003      Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2005      Masters of Science in Strategic Purchasing, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2012      College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval Station Newport, RI
2017      Air War College, by correspondence, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (Correspondence)

ASSIGNMENTS

1.    Jul 99 – Oct 00, Contract Administrator, 39th Contracting Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey
2.    Nov 00 – Sep 02, Contract Administrator, 48th Contracting Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK
3.    Oct 02 – Aug 03, Combat Plans Officer, 48th Operations Support Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK
4.    Sep 03 – Mar 05, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
5.    Apr 05 – Sep 05, Commodity Council Contracting Manager, Air Force District of Washington Acquisition Division, Wright
       Patterson AFB, OH
6.    Oct 05 – May 07, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Air Force District of Washington Acquisition Division, Bolling AFB, DC
7.    May 07 – Oct 07, Chief, Contracting Office, Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan
8.    Nov 07 – Jun 09, Air Force Secretariat Contracting Staff Officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting), Office of the
       Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
9.    Jul 09 – Jun 11, Contracting Officer Assignments, Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX
10.  Aug 11 – Jun 12, Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval Station Newport, RI 
11.  Jul 12 – Jul 15, Commander, 48th Contracting Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK
12.  Jul 15 – Jul 18, Director of Contract Operations, Command Control, Communications, Intel and Networks Directorate,
       Hanscom AFB, MA
13.  Jul 18 – Jul 20, SOF Warrior Contracting Division Chief, Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics,
       HQ United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL
14.  Jul 20 – Present, Deputy Director of Contracting, Air Force Life Cycle Management, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
AF Organizational Excellence Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

13 Jun 99 Second Lieutenant             
13 Jun 01 First Lieutenant         
13 Jun 03 Captain                     
01 Apr 09 Major                         
01 Sep 14 Lieutenant Colonel     
01 Sep 20 Colonel                       
 
(Current as of September 2020)