Assistant defense
secretary returns
to visit 186th ARW

By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
July 21, 2004
The assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs returns to Meridian on Thursday and this time he plans to visit the 186th Air Refueling Wing of the Mississippi Air National Guard.
Thomas F. Hall, principal staff assistant to the secretary of defense on matters involving reserve forces, was in Meridian in April to review operations at Naval Air Station Meridian and visit with personnel.
On Thursday, Hall plans a series of similar meetings with the 186th Air Refueling Wing.
Hall's visit to Meridian comes at a time when the community is focusing on the U.S. Defense Department's next round of base realignment and closure, commonly known as BRAC and scheduled for 2005.
During his previous visit, Hall said representatives from his office serve on BRAC subcommittees. He said their job is to make sure issues involving the Guard and reserve are properly considered in the BRAC process.
About 46 percent of the U.S. military are members of the Guard and reserves.
Hall, a native of Barnsdall, Okla., is a decorated Naval aviator who served a combat tour in Vietnam. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a two-star rear admiral after nearly 34 years of service.
A presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate, Hall was sworn into office on Oct. 9, 2002.
Hall attended Oklahoma State University for one year before entering the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in engineering and was named one of the top 25 leaders in his class.
He received a master's degree in public personnel management from George Washington University. He graduated with highest distinction from the Naval War College; with distinction, from the National War College; and from the National Security Course at Harvard University.
He is married to the former Barbara Norman of Jacksonville, Florida. They have one son, Thomas David Hall.

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