Thomas M. Montgomery

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Thomas M. Montgomery
Thomas M. Montgomery.jpg
Born(1941-01-23)January 23, 1941
Indianapolis, Indiana
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service1963–1997
RankLieutenant General
Commands held
  • US Military Representative to NATO Military Committee
    Commander, US Forces, Somalia
  • Deputy Commander, UN Forces, Somalia
  • Commander, Joint Task Force, Somalia
  • Director of Management, Office of the Chief of Staff, US Army
  • Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, US Army
  • Assistant Division Commander, 8th Infantry Division
  • Mainz Community Commander, US Army, Europe
  • Deputy Defense Advisor and Military Advisor to the US Ambassador to NATO
  • Commander, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, US Army Europe
  • Inspector General, 21st Support Command, US Army Europe
  • Commander, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson
  • Troop Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Vietnam
  • Staff Officer, 23d Infantry Division, Vietnam
Battles/wars

Vietnam War
Somali Civil War:

Awards
 
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Thomas M. Montgomery
Thomas M. Montgomery.jpg
Born(1941-01-23)January 23, 1941
Indianapolis, Indiana
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service1963–1997
RankLieutenant General
Commands held
  • US Military Representative to NATO Military Committee
    Commander, US Forces, Somalia
  • Deputy Commander, UN Forces, Somalia
  • Commander, Joint Task Force, Somalia
  • Director of Management, Office of the Chief of Staff, US Army
  • Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, US Army
  • Assistant Division Commander, 8th Infantry Division
  • Mainz Community Commander, US Army, Europe
  • Deputy Defense Advisor and Military Advisor to the US Ambassador to NATO
  • Commander, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, US Army Europe
  • Inspector General, 21st Support Command, US Army Europe
  • Commander, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson
  • Troop Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Vietnam
  • Staff Officer, 23d Infantry Division, Vietnam
Battles/wars

Vietnam War
Somali Civil War:

Awards

Lieutenant General Thomas M. Montgomery is a retired US Army officer who served as the deputy commander of UNOSOM I, UNITAF, and UNOSOM II in the Somali Civil War.[1] He once referred to Mogadishu as the "Temple of Doom".[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Thomas M. Montgomery was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 23, 1941 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from Indiana University in 1963, when he was also commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Management from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar 21, attended the Center for Creative Leadership Program, and Harvard’s Program for Senior Managers in Government. His military education includes completion of the Armor School, United States Armed Forces Staff College, the Army War College, and the Capstone Course for joint flag officers.

Military career[edit]

Montgomery served two tours in Vietnam, first as a Troop Commander in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and second as a staff officer in the 23d Infantry Division (Americal), and at US Army Headquarters in Vietnam.

Montgomery held a number of key positions throughout his career, including:

He served concurrently as Commander of US Forces in Somalia and Deputy Commander of United Nations Forces in Somalia (UNOSOM II) from March 9, 1993 to March 28, 1994. He was also Commander of the Joint Task Force in Somalia during his final four months there.

Montgomery was the 20th officer to serve as United States Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. As the USMILREP for three years, he was the permanent representative of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on NATO’s highest military body during a defining period of change and challenge for the North Atlantic Alliance in the wake of the Cold War.

Lieutenant General Thomas M. Montgomery retired from active duty on December 1, 1997 after 34 years of service.

Honors and Awards[edit]

Montgomery received a number of awards and decorations, including:

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