Command Sergeant Major John A. Thomas assumed responsibility as the Garrison Command Sergeant Major for the Camp McCain Training Center on December 1, 2016. He advises the Garrison Commander on all enlisted matters, monitors training, skill utilization and qualifications, promotion and disciplinary measures to ensure readiness.
Thomas joined the Army in October 1985, completing basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and then Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia. His active duty career includes assignments with 1ST COSCOM at Fort Bragg, with the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai Egypt, and with 1ST US Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal.
Thomas transferred to the United States Army Reserve in 1992 as a Noncommissioned Officers Education System instructor. He joined the Mississippi Army National Guard in 1994. His mobilizations comprise of Iraq, in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and Afghanistan, in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Thomas’ humanitarian missions include: Trinidad-Tobago, in support of “Beyond the Horizon”, Mississippi Gulf Coast, in support of “Operation Tempest Guardian” (Hurricane Georges) and in support of “Operation Vigilant Relief” (Hurricane Katrina). He worked as a Liaison Officer to NATO in Vilnius, Lithuania, throughout the Saber Strike 2018 exercise.
Prior to assuming responsibility as the Camp McCain Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Thomas served as the 298TH Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Command Sergeant Major and was the principal assistant and adviser to the Battalion Commander for all enlisted-related matters.