Thomas S. Moorman Jr.

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Thomas S. Moorman Jr.
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General Thomas S. Moorman Jr.
Born (1940-11-16) November 16, 1940 (age 78)
Washington, D.C.
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1962-1997
Commands heldAir Force Space Command
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
RelationsLt. Gen. Thomas S. Moorman (father) Robert Glenn Moorman (great-great-grandfather)

Thomas Samuel Moorman Jr. (born November 16, 1940) served as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from July 1994 to August 1997.


General Moorman was born in Washington, D.C..[1] He was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program as a distinguished military graduate in 1962. The general 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, General 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 USAF, he has been an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton. From 1997 - 2009, he served on the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation, serving as Chairman of the Board from 2008-2009.



  1. July 1962 - August 1965, intelligence officer, B-47 bombardment wing, Schilling Air Force Base, Kansas
  2. August 1965 - October 1966, mission planner, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California
  3. October 1966 - November 1967, operations officer, 432nd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, Udon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand
  4. November 1967 - November 1970, reconnaissance intelligence staff officer, 497th Reconnaissance Technical Group, Wiesbaden-Schierstein, West Germany
  5. November 1970 - August 1975, assistant director of evaluation, later executive officer, Air Force Special Projects Production Facility, Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts
  6. August 1975 - August 1979, executive, later deputy director of plans and programs, Office of Space Systems, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  7. August 1979 - June 1980, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  8. June 1980 - August 1981, deputy military assistant to the secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  9. August 1981 - March 1982, director of space operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado
  10. March 1982 - August 1982, deputy director, Space Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  11. August 1982 - July 1984, first director, commander's group, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  12. July 1984 - March 1985, vice commander, 1st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  13. March 1985 - October 1987, director of space systems, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  14. October 1987 - March 1990, director of Space and Strategic Defense Initiative programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  15. October 1987 - March 1990, special assistant for Strategic Defense Initiative to the vice commander of Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
  16. March 1990 - March 1992, commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  17. March 1992 - July 1994, vice commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  18. July 1994 – 1997, vice chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  19. August 1, 1997 - retired

Major Awards and Decorations[edit]

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Effective Dates of Promotion[edit]


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2011-11-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
Military offices
Preceded by
Michael P.C. Carns
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
1994 - 1997
Succeeded by
Ralph Eberhart