COL Joseph F. Thompson

COL Joseph F. Thompson

Dates of Service: Apr 1980 - Jan 2013
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  • PFC Apr 80
  • SGT Sep 81
  • 2LT Dec 81
  • 1LT Dec 84
  • CPT Jun 87
  • MAJ Jun 95
  • LTC Feb 01
  • COL Feb 05
Commissioning Source:  OCS, Dec 1981

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Retired DoD Civilian & Army Colonel. Wine enthusiast & explorer for the meaning of life. Graduate of GMU studying Fine Arts and Photography. He specializes in photographing military servicemen, veterans, and their spouses. Follow him on Instagram Joseph Thompson (@thompsjf) ,Twitter (@ThompsonJTweets) / Twitter, and Linkedin joseph-f-thompson-23969710/

Military Experiences

Aug 2001 - Jan 2007
Director of Contracting
Lead a contracting directorate consisting of 13 officers and 9 enlisted soldiers responsible for all contracting activity in support of a theater army in time of war. Principle advisor to the Commander 9th (8th) Theater Support Command for all matters relating to contracting. Responsible for the development management supervision policies and procedures involving the acquisition of supplies, services and construction. Supervises solicitation and selection of sources negotiation award administration and closeout of contracts supporting the theater army. Ensures total readiness for wartime support at mobilization. Participated in several Yama-Sakura Exercises with the Japanese Defense Force.
Mar 1999 - Aug 2001
Procurement Contracting Officer
Served as the Procurement Officer within the Directorate of Medical Material, Defense Supply Center. The mission of the Directorate is to adapt commercial business practices to efficiently provide medical supplies and equipment when and where needed throughout the world by America’s fighting forces, their family members, or U.S. Government supported humanitarian relief efforts. Special responsibilities include coordinating procurement requirements with customers, develop acquisition business strategies, preparing proposal evaluation criteria, conducting negotiations, and finalizing contract award documentation. The duties of this position include the acquisition of medical equipment for distribution through either the DLA depot stocking system and/or the prime vendor.
Oct 1996 - Feb 1999
Quality Assurance Officer
I managed QA process and Government QA personnel to establish essential quality standards and controls. Develops and executes plans that focus on quality of design, quality of conformance, and fitness of use. Integrates plan(s) into the systems engineering process. Develops policies, procedures, test provisions, and quality requirements for solicitations, contracts, and purchase orders. Reviews and analyzes contracts, purchase orders, and related specifications, blueprints, technical orders, change orders, and military specifications to identify and understand quality requirements imposed. Reviews contractor's quality assurance plan, procedures, and practices to assure adequacy. Evaluates contractor's quality performance during the entire acquisition process.
Oct 1995 - Sep 1996
97th MSC
Director of Contracting
I served as the commander’s principal staff officer responsible for acquisition management. I managed the Garrison’s Directorate of Contracting and provided acquisition support to the 99th RSC as required. Developed and maintain the ability of the Directorate of Contracting to process acquisition requirement during peacetime and under mobilization efforts. I oversee all documents, negotiate, administer, and terminate supply, service, and construction contracts issued in support of garrison training, deployment and contingency operations. I was directly responsible for ensuring contracting actions comply with established federal regulations, procedures, and statues. Advised the commander and staff on acquisition and command interest issues, conduct training.


(4 years, 1 month)
Feb 2010 - May 2011
Iraq ribbon
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
OIC LOGCAP IV Transition. Served as the Regional Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV, missions in Iraq. I was responsible for establishing forward operating capabilities in support of commanders engaged in combat operations.
Dec 2007 - Nov 2008
Afghanistan ribbon
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) - Afghanistan
Deputy Director, LOGCAP Afghanistan. . I was responsible for providing acquisition expertise to the LOGCAP mission that enhances combat readiness and improve deployment of US Forces in contingency operations through the use of contractor logistics support for Southwest Asia.
Dec 1990 - Jun 1991
Desert Shield/Storm
Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I was a company commander in the 5th Bn that was ordered to the vicinity of Safwan Airfield in Iraq. My company were tasked with securing the site where on 3 Mar 91 the negotiations were held between coalition forces and Iraqi leaders to finalize the cease-fire agreements. Regiment earned 4 campaign streamers.
Jun 1984 - Jul 1985
South korea
South Korea
I spent the coldest day and night of my life, 03 Dec 1984. A truly life changing experience.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools

Apr 2004 - Jun 2006

Aug 1999 - Dec 1999

Advanced Program Manger Course

Individual & Special Skill Schools

Jun 1990 - Jul 1990

Jan 1986 - Feb 1986

Feb 1984 - Apr 1984

Feb 1984



Level III - Life Cycle Logistics

Jun 2003

DoD Chief Information Officer Course

Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI or higher

Academic Degrees