Major General Thomas Deale is the Vice Director for Joint Force Development (J7) on the Joint Staff, Washington D.C. Supporting the Director, J7, he provides oversight and direction of a diverse organization that provides for joint training, joint force development, concept development, operational analysis and lesson learned activities to achieve the chairman’s vision for the National Military Strategy.
General Deale entered the Air Force in 1987 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His diverse background include positions in operations, plans, battlefield command and control, doctrine, international affairs, manpower/personnel and professional military education. His command assignments include a fighter squadron, operations group, fighter wing and the Air Command and Staff College. Gen Deale also commanded both the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing and the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing in Afghanistan. His staff assignments include the Air Force Doctrine Center, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and the Joint Staff. Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he served as the director of operations, Air Combat Command. General Deale is a command pilot with over 3,000 flight hours and has deployed and flown combat missions over Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria in the A-10 Thunderbolt II and MQ-9 Reaper.