Thomas D. Waldhauser

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Thomas D. Waldhauser
Born (1953-12-16) December 16, 1953 (age 64)
South St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1976 – present
Rank US Marine 10 shoulderboard.svg General
Commands held United States Africa Command
Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit for Valor

Thomas David "Tom" Waldhauser (born December 16, 1953) is a United States Marine Corps general who is the Commander of United States Africa Command. He previously served as Director for Joint Force Development, J7 on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command. Waldhauser is an alumnus of Bemidji State University.[1]


General Waldhauser was born in South St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Bemidji State University[2]. He was commissioned in 1976 as an infantry officer through Platoon Leaders Class program via Officer Candidates School. His company grade assignments included platoon and company commander billets with both the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions; Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Long Beach (CGN-9); and staff of the Commander of Amphibious Squadron Seven.

As a field grade officer, General Waldhauser was a Battalion Landing Team Operations Officer and served on the faculty of the Amphibious Warfare School. During the Amphibious Warfare School tour, he deployed to the staff of the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Central Command (Forward) during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

General Waldhauser also served on the II Marine Expeditionary Force staff. He was the Battalion Landing Team Commander of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. He also had duty at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Pentagon with the Joint Staff Combating Terrorism Directorate (J-34).

As a Colonel, General Waldhauser assumed command of the 15th MEU (SOC) in 2000. During this tour, the 15th MEU (SOC) participated in combat operations in Southern Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Appointed to the rank of Brigadier General in 2003, his initial assignments as a General Officer were Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. From 2006-2007, he served as Chief of Staff, US Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Florida.

As a Major General, he commanded the First Marine Division from September 2007 until July 2009.

Promoted to Lieutenant General in 2009, General Waldhauser served as the Deputy Commandant for Plans Policies, and Operations during 2009-2010. From October 2010 through September 2012, he served as the Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, United States Marine Forces Central Command. Lieutenant General Waldhauser served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from October 2012 through September 2013.

General Waldhauser was promoted on 18 July 2016 and became the Commander of US Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

General Waldhauser has attended U.S. Army Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

General Waldhauser's decorations and medals include:

USAF - Occupational Badge - Scuba.svg
United States Navy Parachutist Badge.png
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg
Gold star
Bronze star
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Bronze star
Silver-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png
Seal of the United States Africa Command.svg
SCUBA Diver Badge
Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Legion of Merit with Combat V Bronze Star Meritorious Service Medal with three gold award stars
Navy Achievement Medal with award star Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with service star Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with six service stars Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
United States Africa Command Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Outstanding Alumni - 2003". Bemidji State University. 
  3. ^ "General Thomas D. Waldhauser > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Biography View". Retrieved 2018-08-01.