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Commander, 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion

LTC Thomas

Lieutenant Colonel Demetrick L. Thomas a native of Cades, South Carolina, was commissioned into the Armor Corps in May 2000 and branch transferred to Quartermaster Corps in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Criminal Justice from Benedict College Columbia, South Carolina, and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University.

His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Mortuary Affairs Officer Course, Joint Professional Military Education, Phase II, and the Army Command and General Staff College.

He has served in a multitude of command and leadership positions including Armor Platoon Leader, 1-63rd Armor Battalion, Vilseck, Germany; Battalion S-3 Air, 2-2nd Infantry Battalion, Monteith, Kosovo; Class III/V Platoon Leader, 201st Forward Support Battalion, Vilseck, Germany; and Sustainment Brigade Liaison and Brigade Assistance S-4, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 3rd Brigade, Baqubah, Iraq. He then moved to Okinawa, Japan, where he served as Group Operations/Training Officer, 10th Area Support Group, and Battalion S-4 and Forward Support Company Commander, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne); and then to Forward Operations Base Farah, Officer in Charge, Farah, Afghanistan. He then moved to 45th Sustainment Brigade; Battalion Deputy S-3 and S-3, 45th Special Troops Battalion; and Brigade S-5, 45th Sustainment Brigade, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; then as Secretary of the General Staff, 8th Theater Sustainment Command; Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer, 8th Special Troops Battalion, at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Following his time in Hawaii, he became Operations Officer, Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, Mission Command Center of Excellence, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Joint Logistic Operation Center Director, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan, Bagram, Afghanistan; and CL III (Fuel) Officer, NATO Joint Forces Command Brunssum, Netherlands. He assumed his present duties June 24, 2019.

His deployments include Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo) – 2002; Operation Iraqi Freedom – 2004; Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines) – 2008; Operation Enduring Freedom – 2009; and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan) – 2016.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal with numeral 5, NATO Non-Article 5 Medal with two campaign stars, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, and Meritorious Unit Citation Award. He also earned the Combat Action, Parachutist and Parachute Rigger Badges.