Thomas R. Wilson

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Thomas R. Wilson
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Vice Admiral Thomas R. Wilson
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
July 1999 – July 2002
Born (1946-03-04) 4 March 1946 (age 77)
Columbus, Ohio
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service1969–2002
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Commands heldDirector, Defense Intelligence Agency
Director of Intelligence, U.S. Atlantic Command
Battles/wars Cold war
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Distinguished Service Medal (Navy)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
Director of Central Intelligence Director's Award

Thomas Ray Wilson (born 4 March 1946) is a retired United States Navy vice admiral. He previously served as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 1999 to July 2002. [1]



Vice Admiral Thomas R. Wilson, USN was the 13th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Other flag rank assignments included Director of Intelligence (J2), The Joint Staff; Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support, Central Intelligence Agency; Vice Director of Intelligence, The Joint Staff; and Director of Intelligence, United States Atlantic Command. Following retirement from the Navy in 2002, he served in several senior executive roles for Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK): President of ATK Missile Systems, Corporate Senior Vice President and President of ATK Precision Systems Group, and ATK Senior Vice President for Tidewater Operations, retiring from ATK in 2009.

Vice Admiral Wilson and his wife, Ann, have three sons: Jeffrey, Gregory, and Matthew.

Early life

Thomas Ray Wilson was born on 4 March 1946 in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in the small community of Groveport, Ohio. As a youth he spent much time working on family farms, acquiring a lifelong interest in agriculture and rural life in America. He graduated from Groveport Madison High School in 1964, where he was active in sports, band, and other school activities as well as the Boy Scouts of America and the Groveport Methodist Church.

Education and training

Wilson entered Ohio State University in 1964, and in 1968 graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture with concentrations in agricultural economics and rural sociology. He entered Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, in October 1968 and was commissioned an Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve in March 1969. Wilson was a distinguished graduate of the Defense Intelligence College in 1975, and was a member of the Defense Intelligence College class that participated in the pilot program leading to the college being able to grant a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence Degree. Other Military training included Communications Officer Ashore Course at Newport, RI in 1969; Targeting and mission planning at Nuclear Weapons Training Group Atlantic, in Norfolk, VA in 1980; and Flag and General Officer CAPSTONE Training in 1995. In 1978, while stationed in Keflavik, Iceland, he earned an M.A. in management and human relations from Webster University.

Awards, decorations and badges

Admiral Wilson has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), and Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (four awards), and Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (four awards).

Unit awards include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with two Bronze Stars.

Authorized badges include the Atlantic Command Badge, The Joint Staff Identification Badge, and the Defense Intelligence Agency Badge.

Vice Admiral Wilson has received the following awards from foreign countries: Republic of China (Taiwan) Service Ribbon, Czech Republic Order of the White Lion, and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.

Vice Admiral Wilson is also the recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Central Intelligence Agency Director’s Award, and the Defense Intelligence Agency Director's Award. In 2001 he received the NAACP’S Meritorious Service Award for his leadership of DIA's nationally recognized Diversity and Equal Opportunity programs.

U.S. military decorations
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Defense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters)
Navy Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Navy)
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
1 golden star.svg
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit (with gold star)
1 golden star.svg
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg
Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star)
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
1 golden star.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with award star)
Battle Effectiveness Award ribbon, 1st award.svg Navy "E" Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star)
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg Bronze-service-star-3d.svg Bronze-service-star-3d.svg Bronze-service-star-3d.svg Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with 3 bronze stars)
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon.svg Bronze-service-star-3d.svg Bronze-service-star-3d.svg Bronze-service-star-3d.svg Navy-Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (with 3 bronze stars)
Noribbon.svg Republic of China (Taiwan) Service ribbon
CZE Rad Bileho Lva 3 tridy BAR.svg Czech Order of the White Lion (Military Division, Third Class)
Den kongelige norske fortjenstorden.svg Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (degree unknown)
Unit awards
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Joint Meritorious Unit Award-3d.svg
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with oak leaf cluster)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Bronze-service-star-3d.svg Bronze-service-star-3d.svg Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (with 2 bronze stars)
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Defense Intelligence Agency Badge.jpg Defense Intelligence Agency Badge
United States Atlantic Command Badge
National non-military awards
NIDRib.gif National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
Noribbon.svg Director of Central Intelligence Director's Award
DIA award
Dir DIA Award.JPG Defense Intelligence Agency Directors Award

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