Mr. Roland Thomas
Roland Thomas is a native of Houston, Texas. He enlisted in the Army on May 15, 1986 as a Chemical Operation Specialist. He attended the Basic Combat Training and Advance Individual Training at Ft. McClellan, AL. In 1989, he re-enlisted and changed his Military Occupation Specialty to Preventive Medicine (PM) Specialist.
His career has taken him to various assignment and duties. He served as the unit NBC NCO with the B-37th Engineer Company in FT Bragg, NC; PM Specialist for the 5th Preventive Medicine Unit in Yongsan, Korea; Squad Leader for 172nd Medical Detachment (MED DET) in Ft. Ord, CA; Detachment Sergeant for 172nd MED DET in Hunter Army Airfield, GA; PM Leader for the 1st Support Battalion of Sinai, Egypt; Instructor/Writer for the Academy of Health Services at Ft Sam Houston, TX; Platoon Sergeant and PM Division NCOIC for the 123rd Main Support Battalion of Wiesbaden, Germany; and his last assignment as PM Division NCOIC for General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, MO.
He deployed to the following exercises and operations: Task Force ARRIBA 89 in Honduras, Central America; Display Determination in Turkey; Flood Relief of 1994 in Macon, GA; Operation Bright Star 1994 and 1995 in Egypt; Operation Sea Signal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Olympic Support in 1996 at Atlanta, GA; and the Multinational Force and Observer (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt. In his last deployment, he was assigned with the 1st Armored Division for 15 month. He served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom within Baghdad, Iraq and Operation Iron Saber in the areas south of Baghdad. He retired from the Army as a Sergeant First Class.
His military education includes the: Master Driver Course, Faculty Development Course, the Equal Opportunity Leadership Course, Airborne School, and Air Assault Course. He is a graduate of the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic, and Advance Non Commissioned Officer Course. His civilian education and achievements include; a Associate Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College of Killeen, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University of Plainview, TX, and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University of St. Louis, MO.
His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Cluster, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal with a Silver Knot, National Defense Service Medal, Global War Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War Terrorism Service Medal, and U.S. Army Drivers’ Badge.