Thomas A. Hodge
|War||Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom|
|Branch||U.S. Marine Corps|
Major Hodge began his career in the Marine Corps when he enlisted in November 1990. Major Hodge graduated from Southern Illinois University and was commissioned through the Meritorious Commission Program in August 1996.
After completing The Basic School and the Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course in 1997, Major Hodge was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 (HMM-162) at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. While assigned to HMM-162, he served as the unit’s Aviation Intelligence Officer and deployed with the squadron as part of the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Upon return from deployment in December 1998, Major Hodge was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 29 (MAG-29) where he served as the Group’s Intelligence Officer.
In January 2000, Major Hodge attended the Marine Air Ground Intelligence Officer’s Course, and upon graduation was assigned as the Intelligence Officer for MAG-13 in Yuma, Arizona. In April 2002, Major Hodge deployed to Kuwait in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Consequence Management (CJTF-CM). While assigned to CJTF-CM, Major Hodge served as a Plans Officer and Operations Officer under the J-2 Directorate until his redeployment back to MAG-13 in October 2002. In January 2003, Major Hodge deployed with MAG-13 onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and served as the Intelligence and Targeting Officer for the Group.
From July 2003 to July 2006, Major Hodge served as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Detachment, Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. The Detachment is responsible for training Marines in the occupational fields of Fire Protection, Imagery Intelligence, and Signals Intelligence.
Following his assignment in Texas, Major Hodge reported to 2d Intelligence Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While assigned to 2d Intelligence Battalion, Major Hodge completed two OIF deployments and served as the Battalion’s Fusion Officer and Operations until April of 2008.
From June 2008 to June 2011, Major Hodge served as the Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station Phoenix, which was his last assignment. He retired on September 30, 2011.
Major Hodge's personal awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3d Award), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2d Award), and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2d Award).