Thomas S. Moorman Jr.
|Birth name||Thomas Samuel Moorman Jr.|
|Born||November 16, 1940|
Washington, D.C., US
|Died||June 18, 2020 79) (aged|
Bethesda, Maryland, US
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1962–1997|
|Commands held||Air Force Space Command|
|Awards|| Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)|
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
|Relations||Lieutenant General Thomas S. Moorman (father)|
Robert Glenn Moorman (great-great-grandfather)
Thomas Samuel Moorman Jr. (November 16, 1940 – June 18, 2020) was a United States Air Force officer who served as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from July 1994 to August 1997.
Moorman was born in Washington, D.C. on November 16, 1940, the son of Thomas S. Moorman.He was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program as a distinguished military graduate in 1962.
Moorman has served in a variety of intelligence and reconnaissance related positions within the United States and worldwide. While stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, in 1982, he became deeply involved in the planning and organizing for the establishment of Air Force Space Command. During his tour at The Pentagon in 1987, he also provided program management direction for development and procurement of Air Force surveillance, communications, navigation and weather satellites, space launch vehicles, anti-satellite weapons and ground-based and airborne strategic radars, communications and command centers. He additionally represented the Air Force in the Strategic Defense Initiative program and was authorized to accept SDI program execution responsibilities on behalf of the Air Force. As commander and vice commander of Air Force Space Command, Moorman was responsible for operating military space systems, ground-based radars and missile warning satellites, the nation's space launch centers at Patrick Air Force Base and Vandenberg Air Force Base, the worldwide network of space surveillance radars, as well as maintaining the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force.
Since retiring from the United States Air Force, Moorman has been an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton. From 1997 to 2009, he served on the board of directors of the Space Foundation, serving as Chairman of the Board from 2008 to 2009. Moorman died at the National Institutes of Health on June 18, 2020 at the age of 79.
Command Space and Missile Operations Badge
Moorman was the fourth generation in his family to bear the name Thomas Samuel Moorman. His grandfather Thomas Moorman (February 7, 1875 – June 28, 1936) served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel.His father was known as Thomas Moorman Jr. when he attended the U.S. Military Academy.
Moorman was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on December 1, 2021.
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