Lieutenant Colonel Thomas A. McAvoy, Marine Corps Reserves, is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and is a recent graduate of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School- Hybrid course at the Joint Forces Staff College. Assigned as a Low Altitude Air Defense and Marine Air Command and Control Systems Officer, he twice deployed to Iraq in early 2003 and again through late 2004 for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he led a platoon providing provisional security to bases and convoys in southern Iraq. Also twice deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in late 2010 and again in 2012-2013, he served as a Civil Affairs Team Leader in Helmand province. As a civilian, he works for Petro-Hunt, LLC, in western North Dakota as an inventory manager.