Brig. Gen. Tim Thombleson is the Indiana National Guard’s assistant adjutant general for the Army component and serves as the Army component commander. He assumed these duties on Sept. 1, 2017. Thombleson serves as a principle adviser to the adjutant general and is responsible for assisting the adjutant general in formulating, developing and coordinating programs, policies and plans affecting the Indiana Army National Guard and more than 11,000 citizen-soldiers.
Prior to serving as an assistant adjutant general, Thombleson served at Indiana National Guard headquarters as the Army component chief of staff and prior to that the director of operations, which oversees military support, operations, joint force protection, mobilization and readiness, training, exercises and the State Partnership Program.
Thombleson has also served as chief of staff of the 38th Infantry Division, Commander of the 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and Commander of 1st Battalion 152nd Infantry Regiment. He entered service with the Indiana Army National Guard in 1984. Upon completion of basic and advanced individual training he was assigned to the Indiana Military Academy Officer Candidate School where he completed the requirements for commissioning as a member of class 33-87. He has completed overseas deployments for training to Germany and Korea. He has deployed in support of The Global War on Terror to Iraq in 2003 as Infantry Battalion Executive Officer and to Afghanistan in 2009 as Brigade Task Force Deputy Commander.
He is a 1989 graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and a 2012 graduate of the Army War College with a master’s degree in strategic studies. His military institutional training includes Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Staff and Services School and Command and General Staff Officer Course. Thombleson has extensive military honors and decorations including the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal (2nd award) and the Meritorious Service Medal.
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(Biography current as of October 2018)
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