The Indiana National Guard promoted Col. Tim Thombleson to brigadier general during a ceremony at the Johnson County Armory in Franklin on Sunday.
With this promotion, Thombleson was named assistant adjutant general and will work alongside Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr, who leads approximately 14,000 service members across the Hoosier State.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to continue service in one of the top National Guard states in the nation. It is exciting to assist Maj. Gen. Carr in continuing to reach readiness milestones with in our units as well as developing Indiana National Guard installations to be premier training locations for our soldiers, airmen and interagency partners”
Thombleson served as the Indiana Army National Guard chief of staff since September 2015, and his experience will prove valuable in stepping up to this new role.
“Tim is an outstanding leader of soldiers. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job,” said Carr. “I look forward to his continued service as an integral part of the Indiana National Guard team as we focus on readiness in an ever-changing and dynamic world.”
Thombleson’s other leadership and staff positions include Indiana National Guard director of plans, operations and training; 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade commander; Atterbury-Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations deputy commander and 38th Infantry Division chief of staff.
Thombleson, a two-time combat veteran with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a 1989 Indiana State University graduate with a degree in marketing. He commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1987, and he later earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
The Washington, Indiana native is married to Deedra, and they have two children, Josh and Katie.