Mr. Thomas H. Cowan, a native of Palestine, Texas, graduated High School in 1979, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned as an Armor Officer.
He served in many Army
officer leadership positions during his 26 years of military service: Platoon
Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion S4 of the 3/66th Armor Battalion, 2nd Armored Division at Fort
Hood, Texas. Battalion S4 and Company Commander 3/66th Armor Battalion, 2nd
Armored Division (Forward), Garlstedt, Germany. Commander of Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 2nd Armored Division (Forward), Garlstedt, Germany. Military
Analyst, Scenario and Wargaming Center, Training Analysis Center, Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas. Division Planner, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Battalion
S3 and Executive Officer at 1-8 Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Executive
Officer to the III Corps Commander, Fort Hood, Texas. Executive Officer 1st
Brigade 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea. Director of the Combined Arms
Training Center, 7th Army Training Command, Vilseck, Germany. Commander 282nd
Base Support Battalion, Hohenfels, Germany. Operations Officer, Executive
Officer and Director of the Commander’s Initiatives Group, U.S. Forces Korea,
Yongsan, Korea. Director G3/7, Installation Management Command Headquarters,
Crystal City, Virginia.
Mr. Cowan retired from the U.S. Army
in 2009 as a Colonel and his final assignment was as the Director G3/7, Installation
Management Command Headquarters, Crystal City, Virginia.
Upon his retirement, he joined the
Department of the Army Civilian Corps and served as the Director of Plans,
Training, Mobilization and Security at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas until reporting to U.S Army Garrison West Point as the Deputy to the
Garrison Commander in June 2015.
His military education
includes: U.S. Army War College,
Family Advocacy Staff Training, Garrison Pre-Command Course, Army Management
Staff College, U.S. Army Europe Area Support Group / Base Support Commanders
Course, Senior Officers Legal Orientation Course, Brigade / Battalion
Pre-Command Course, School of Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and
General Staff College, Army Command and General Staff College, Operations
Research Systems Analysis Military Application Course, Combined Arms and
Services Staff School, Logistics Officer Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course,
Armor Officer Basic Course, Infantry Mortar Platoon Officer Course and the
Mr. Cowan has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army
War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Military Advanced
Studies from School of Advanced Military Studies, Leavenworth, Kansas.
His awards include: Superior Civilian Service Award; Commander’s Award for
Civilian Service; Legion of Merit; Distinguished Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service
Medal with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf
Cluster; Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster and National Defense
Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.