Thomas Mikolajcik

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Thomas Roy Mikolajcik
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Brigadier General Thomas R. Mikolajcik
Born (1947-08-17)August 17, 1947
Norwich, Connecticut
Died April 17, 2010(2010-04-17) (aged 62)
Charleston County, South Carolina
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1969-1996
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Cold War
Operation Restore Hope
Awards Legion of Merit (3)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Brigadier General Thomas Roy Mikolajcik (August 17, 1947 – April 17, 2010) was director of transportation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, logistics, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. He provided guidance and direction to Air Force activities on transportation plans, policy and programs. Also included is the movement of Air Force-sponsored passengers, patients, personal property (household goods, unaccompanied baggage, privately owned vehicles, mobile homes and weapons), and cargo by all modes of commercial and military carriers.

General Mikolajcik was a 1969 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He completed pilot training in 1970, and served as a C-141 pilot, instructor, aircraft commander, war plans officer, current operations officer, mobility project officer, and adviser to the chief of staff for airlift and logistics policy. He held several staff positions including as a member of the C-X taskforce that wrote the requirements for the C-17 Globemaster III. He also served as squadron commander, wing vice commander and commander of two wings. Additionally, he was the U.S. Air Force component commander in Somalia from December 1992 to March 1993 during Operation Restore Hope. He was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours.

General Mikolajcik retired from military service on October 1, 1996.

The Mikolajcik Child Development Center at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina and the Mikolajcik Engineering Laboratory Center at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in Charleston are named in his honor.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Mikolajcik's awards include the Legion of Merit (two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters).

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two Oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with Oak Leaf Cluster
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Vietnam Campaign Medal

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