Chief of Staff

Captain Thomas Wall

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Chief of Staff Biography

Captain Thomas S. Wall serves as the Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa.

Captain Wall was commissioned an Ensign from Rhode Island Navy Officer Candidate School in 1989. Following his initial assignment to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N—131, Washington, D.C., he completed all three levels of Naval Nuclear Power School and checked aboard the USS Cincinnati.

Captain Wall has served at various levels of leadership within the Navy from Lieutenant to his current rank. Notable assignments include Chief Staff Officer, NR COMSEVENTHFLT, Fort Worth, Texas, Commanding Officer, NR Undersea Warfare Operations Detachment X, Atlanta, Ga., Chief of Staff, NR Undersea Warfare Operations Detachment L, Washington, D.C., and Commanding Officer, NR LANT Strike Group Operations Detachment D, Jacksonville, Fla. He supported Operation TOMODACHI in Japan, as the Senior Nuclear Advisor to Commander, United States Forces Japan in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Most recently, he served as Commanding Officer, NR Commander Naval Forces Japan Headquarters, Minneapolis, Minn.

His awards include the Legion of Merit with one gold star and the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars.

Captain Wall holds Master’s Degrees from Edinburgh Business School and the Royal Military College.

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