Thomas A. Benes

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Thomas Anthony Benes
Born (1951-06-08)June 8, 1951
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died September 30, 2014(2014-09-30) (aged 63)
Bethesda, Maryland
Place of Burial Swainsboro City Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1974–2009
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Battles/wars Gulf War
Operation Iraqi Freedom
War in Afghanistan
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (4)

Thomas Anthony Benes (June 8, 1951 - September 30, 2014) was a retired Major General in the United States Marine Corps.


After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Class program in May 1974, attended The Basic School, and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1976. He met his wife, Betty Jean (Bishop) Benes, in 1979 while stationed at Beaufort, South Carolina.[1]

Benes' 35-year career involved duty in Yuma, AZ, Quantico, VA, El Toro, CA, Washington DC, Naples, Italy and Southern Europe.[1] Benes was a graduate of the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, flew the F-4 Phantom II jet fighter and the F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighter, and taught both weapons and tactics. During Operation Desert Storm, he flew 46 combat missions over Iraq and provided air defense over the Persian Gulf.[2]

Assignments he was given include serving as President of the Marine Corps University and Commanding General of the United States Marine Corps Training and Education Command. During his tour at MCU, he was assigned temporary duty as Chief of Staff, Combined Forces Land Component Commander, Camp Doha, Kuwait and participated in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. His served his final tour on active duty as the director of the Expeditionary Warfare Division at the Pentagon.[2] He retired in 2009.[2][3]

Awards he received include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal three award stars, the Air Medal with valor device and four strike/flight numerals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.[4]

Benes died on September 30, 2014, at age 63. He had been receiving treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Betty Jean (Bishop) Benes Obituary". Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Thomas Anthony Benes Obituary". Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Online. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  3. ^ "MG Thomas A. Benes Joins Alion". The Free Library. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Newsmakers". George Washington University. Retrieved 2011-02-18.