Brigadier General Tom O'Connor
Deputy Commanding General - Operations, Eighth Army
Brigadier General Tom O'Connor hails from Massapequa Park, New York. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation branch.
His operational assignments include serving in leadership and staff positions from Platoon Leader to Brigade Commander with service in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, the 25th Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the 1st Armored Division. Additionally he served as the Deputy Commander of the United States Army's Aviation Center of Excellence. His most recent leadership position prior to arriving to Camp Humphreys was service in the First Infantry Division as the Deputy Commanding General-Support.
Brigadier General O'Connor's assignments outside of the operational force include service at the National Training Center and on the Department of the Army's Staff as the Deputy Director of DAMO-AV, G-3/5/7, and as the Aviation Division Chief in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8.
Brigadier General O'Connor's combat experience includes deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; to Regional Command-East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Regional Command-South as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Brigadier General O'Connor earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy, a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Master's of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University's Eisenhower School.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3 OLC), Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Air Medal with valor, Air Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award (2 OLC), Combat Action Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Badge.
Brigadier General O'Connor and his wife have five children.