Title: Retired Special Education Educator; Retired USAF Major
Location: Kerrville, Texas, United States
James Patrick Thomas, retired special education educator and retired USAF Major, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in military service and education.
Mr. Thomas served as a commissioned second lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1973, advancing to major by 1985 before continuing his career as a missile launch officer, instructor, crew commander and controller with the 91st Strategic Missile Wing. By 1978, he was stationed with the 916th Electronic Security Squadron at the Hellenikon Air Base in Greece, serving as an executive officer, assistant operations officer and resource advisor. Upon returning home in 1981, he worked with the chief programs branch of the 6940th Electronic Security Wing and served as the the program manager of the U.S. Air Force Operations Security for the SAF/XOEO Directorate of Electronic Combat and the signals intelligence planning staff officer with the National Security Agency. During this time, he relocated to Stuttgart, Germany to apply his expertise as an intelligence collection activities manager and chief with U.S. European Command. For his military service, he is honored to have been presented with accolades such as the Decorated Vietnam Gallantry Cross, a Navy Combat Action Ribbon, an Air Force Achievement medal, an Air Force Commendation medal, numerous Meritorious Service medals, and a Purple Heart.
Mr. Thomas obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Drake University in 1973, a Master of Science in public administration from Troy State University in 1983 and a Master of Science in special education from Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Outside his military career, he has taught throughout Maryland and Iowa as a special educator for Howard County School System, Boonsboro Middle School, Hiatt Middle School, Johnston Middle and High Schools and the Las Vegas Variety School. Furthermore, he has excelled as a special education instructional facilitator at Victoria Fertitta Middle School and C.J. Lawrence Middle School.
Mr. Thomas retired from teaching in 2017 to become a travel writer. He has visited 115 countries on all seven continents, covering topics including Scandinavian Russia, the miracle of Fatima in Portugal and the Terracotta Warriors of Xian, China. Most recently, his 115th trip was in the Dominican Republic on mission from Trinity Baptist Church in Texas. A celebrated Marquis listee, he was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.
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