Brigadier General Thomas C. Graves
Deputy Commanding General - Operations, Eighth Army
Brigadier General Thomas C. Graves was commissioned in 1986 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy. As an Infantry Officer, BG Graves has commanded at all levels from Company through Brigade Combat Team and has served in a variety of tactical, operational, and strategic level staff positions. He has extensive experience overseas including assignments to Panama, Germany, Korea, and Belgium along with operational deployments to Kuwait, Qatar, and multiple tours to Iraq. He has been stationed at numerous posts in the United States to include Fort Carson, Colorado; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Suffolk, Virginia; and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
BG Graves commanded the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment in Friedberg, Germany and deployed with the battalion to Hit, Iraq. He later commanded the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team at Camp Hovey, Korea. Following Brigade Command, he served as the Chief of Staff for 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Korea and was then assigned as the Director of the School of Advanced Military Studies developing future operational planners for the Army and Joint community.
BG Graves’ most recent assignments include a tour as the Executive Officer for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and a tour as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. During his time at Riley, he deployed with the Division Headquarters to Erbil, Iraq for Operation Inherent Resolve.
BG Graves’ decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award).
BG Graves is married to the former Karen House from College Station, Texas and they have two children, Weston and Morgan.