|COLONEL WILLIAM B THOMAS|
Colonel William B. Thomas is the Commander, 336th Training Group, U.S. Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. He ensures safe and effective SERE training is provided to all Air Force aircrew members and high risk of isolation personnel, preparing them to survive anywhere, anytime and to return with honor regardless of the circumstances of isolation. He administers the 3,5 and 7-skill level training course for Air Force SERE Specialists and provides command guidance, standardization and curriculum support to SERE training courses at four geographically-separated units: Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (Arctic Survival School), Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (Water Survival - Parachuting), Lackland AFB, Texas, and the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The 336th Training Group trains more than 15,000 personnel annually and is comprised of more than 500 personnel.
The colonel graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1990 and from pilot training in 1991. He has served in a variety of operational and staff assignments at the squadron, group, wing, NAF and MAJCOM levels of responsibility as a UH-1N helicopter instructor and evaluator pilot executing a diverse range of humanitarian, rescue, medical evacuation, counterdrug, fire fighting and security flight operations. Colonel Thomas has commanded helicopter squadrons at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and Malmstrom AFB, Mont., as well as a cadet group at the academy and served on the Air War College faculty at Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Colonel Thomas is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours.
1990 Bachelor of Science Degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1996 Squadron Officer School (Correspondence)
1997 Squadron Officer's School (Residence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 Master of Aviation Science Degree, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2001 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2001 National Search and Rescue School, Yorktown, Va.
2001 Joint Task Force-6 Counterdrug Mission Commander School, Ft Bliss, Texas
2004 Air Command and Staff College (Residence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Master of Military Operational Art and Science Degree, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Air War College (Correspondence)
2011 Air War College (Residence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Master of Strategic Studies Degree, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. August 1990 - July 1991, student, undergraduate pilot training (ATC), Ft Rucker, Ala.
2. October 1991 - May 1995, UH-1N instructor/evaluator pilot, Chief, Standardization/Evaluation,
72nd Helicopter Squadron (ACC), Langley AFB, Va.
3. May 1995 - May 1998, UH-1N instructor/evaluator pilot, 512th Special Operations Squadron and 58th Operations Group (AETC), Kirtland AFB, N.M.
4. May 1998 - June 2001, evaluator pilot and inspector general, HQ AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colo.
5. June 2001- May 2002, operations officer, 76th Helicopter Flight (AFSPC), Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
6. May 2002 - July 2003, Commander, 76th Helicopter Flight (AFSPC), Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
7. August 2003 - June 2004, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. July 2004 - June 2005, Deputy Chief, Helicopter Operations, 20th AF (AFSPC), Warren AFB, Wyo.
9. July 2005 - June 2006, Chief, Helicopter Operations, 20th AF (AFSPC), Warren AFB, Wyo.
10. June 2006 - May 2008, Commander, 40th Helicopter Squadron (AFSPC), Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
11. May 2008 - May 2010, Commander, Cadet Group 3 (USAFA), USAF Academy, Colo.
12. Jun 2010 - May 2011, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. Jun 2011 - May 2012, faculty, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
14. Jun 2012 - Present, Commander, 336th Training Group, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,600 Aircraft flown: UH-1N, UH-1H
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant ...... May 30, 1990
First Lieutenant ........... May 30, 1992
Captain ........................ May 30, 1994
Major ........................... July 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel ...... March 1, 2006
Colonel ........................ Aug. 1, 2011
(Current as of June 2012)