Captain Thomas A. Decker

Capt. Thomas A. Decker is a native of Strasburg, Ohio.  He graduated from Strasburg-Franklin High School in June 1984 and entered the U.S Navy in November attending basic training in Orlando, Florida, followed by Air Traffic Control “A” School in Millington, Tennessee. In May 1985, Airman Apprentice Decker reported to his first assignment aboard USS America (CV 66).
 
During his enlisted career, he participated in Cold War deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic aboard USS America. In 1988, he transferred to Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas, where he earned his designation as a facility watch supervisor and subsequently promoted to petty officer first class.
 
In 1993, he reported aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) where he completed deployments in the Mediterranean in support of Bosnia Operations, and in the Indian Ocean/Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. During the course of his deployments, he earned his designation as a Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) supervisor and selected as USS Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1996 Sailor of the Year and a fleet finalist. In 1997, he was commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer program, and attended Officer Indoctrination School at Pensacola, Florida.
 
His commissioned career includes assignments aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS George Washington (CVN 73). His shore assignments include air traffic control facility officer at NAS Brunswick, Maine; air space officer at Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility; Virginia Capes; Federal Aviation Administration headquarters, Washington, D.C.; and air traffic control facility officer at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia. In July 2012, Decker reported to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic as the force air traffic control training, readiness and requirements officer, Norfolk, Virginia.
 
Decker reported to Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Lemoore, California as executive officer in May 2014 and assumed the duties of commanding officer in August 2015. In May 2017, he reported to Commander, Navy Installations Command, Washington, D.C. as the air traffic control readiness officer.  In October 2018, he reported to OPNAV N98 Air Warfare as air traffic control resource and requirements officer.
 
His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University coupled with a Master of Aeronautical Science with specialties in Aviation Management and Safety. He is Life Cycle Logistics Level III, Program Management Level I, OPNAV Level C Requirements Management certified and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
 
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Good Conduct Medal (three awards), 2007 USS George Washington Peer Leadership Award and various unit and service awards.
 
 

Last Updated: 23 November 2020

 
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