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John J. Thrasher:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Selected for reassignment as Director, Air Force Materiel Command Law Office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
John J. Thrasher, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for assisting the Staff Judge Advocate in providing legal services, other than military justice, to the headquarters staff, center, base and laboratory legal offices, and the AFMC Law Office, and to more than 330 attorneys and nearly 200 paralegals at 18 locations. This legal support facilitates the command?s $40 billion acquisition missions involving nearly one-half the Air Force budget, approximately 108,000 people and approximately $2 billion in Air Force litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
Mr. Thrasher served on active duty in a variety of positions at the wing, major command and Air Staff levels, including assignments as installation Staff Judge Advocate and the Air Force Judge Advocate Air Staff Training officer. He served as the Air Force Judge Advocate from June 1982 until September 1995 when he left active duty and accepted a reserve commission, serving in a number of reserve assignments as a senior individual mobilization augmentee at both the installation and numbered Air Force levels. He is currently a colonel in the Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General?s Corps. Following his active-duty career, Mr. Thrasher progressed through several assignments at Headquarters AFMC and the AFMC Law Office until selected for his current position in June 2004.
EDUCATION
1975 Bachelor?s degree in political science, University of Alabama
1979 Juris Doctor, University of Memphis School of Law
1981 Master of Business Administration degree, University of Memphis School of Business
1984 NATO Staff Officers School, Oberammergau, West Germany
1986 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1987 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1992 Master of Laws degree (government procurement law), George Washington University
1995 Air War College, by correspondence
2004 Master?s degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2004 Senior Acquisition Course, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1982 - 1983, assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Contract Law Division, Headquarters Air Force Contract Management Division, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2. 1983 - 1984, Chief, Contract Law Division, Headquarters AFCMD, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
3. 1984 - 1985, Chief, Contract Law, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany
4. 1985 - 1986, Chief, Western Mediterranean Affairs, Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein AB, West Germany
5. 1986 - 1987, Chief, Real Property and Fiscal Law, Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein AB, West Germany
6. 1987 - 1988, Judge Advocate Air Staff Training officer, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
7. 1988 - 1990, Staff Judge Advocate, 14th Air Base Group, Columbus AFB, Miss.
8. 1990 - 1991, student, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
9. 1991 - 1994, trial attorney, Directorate of Contract Appeals, Air Force Materiel Command Law Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. 1994 -1995, Chief, Acquisition Law Division, AFMC Law Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. 1996 - 2001, legal adviser, Centralized Acquisition Support Team, HQ AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. 2001 - 2002, legal adviser, Air Force Real Estate Division, AFMC Law Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. 2002 - 2003, attorney adviser, Acquisition Law Division, Headquarters AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14. 2003 - 2004, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
15. 2004 - present, Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
1996 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, Department of Defense
1996 Civilian Notable Achievement Award, Consolidated Space Operations Center Litigation
2001 Wrightson Award Nominee for outstanding civilian attorney, AFMC
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1979 Licensed before the Supreme Court of Tennessee
1981 Licensed before the Supreme Court of Alabama
1994 Vice Chair, Legislation and Regulations Committee, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association
PUBLICATIONS
?Tort Liability for Injuries to Employees of Government Independent Contractors,? 25 AF Law Review 41, 1985
U.S. Air Forces Europe Attorney?s Leasing Handbook, 1987
?Domestic Military Family Housing Leasing Transactions,? The Reporter, September 1988
?Application of the Debt Collection Act of 1982 to Government Contracts,? Master Contract Lawyer's Edition, 29 AF Law Review 133, 1988
?Offshore Procurement - Contracting Outside the Continental United States,? Master Contract Lawyer's Edition, 29 AF Law Review 255, 1988
?Subcontract Dispute Remedies: Asserting Subcontract Claims Against the Federal Government,? 23 Pub. Cont. L.J. 39 (Fall 1993), favorably cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Navcom Defense Electronics, Inc. v Ball Corp, 92 F.3d 877 (9th Cir.1996), at 880
?Pre-solicitation Communications with Industry,? published throughout the Air Force as part of the Lightning Bolt 10 Report, 1997
?Exchanges with Industry Before Receipt of Proposals,? Federal Publications Briefing Papers No. 99-4, March 1999
Air Force Materiel Command Attorney?s Guide to Acquisition Reform, July 1999
Air Force Materiel Command Attorney?s Guide to Electronic Commerce, July 1999
Air Force Alternative Dispute Resolution Guide, 2001, co-author/editor
?Structuring Successful Long-Term Contracts,? National Contract Management Journal, January 2001
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
1983 Certified Air Force Judge Advocate Trial and Defense
1985 AFMC Judge Advocate, Level III, Acquisition Professional Development Program

 

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