Rear Admiral J. Stanton Thompson is the Special Assistant for Reserve Matters to the Commander, United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo., and is responsible for the integration of reserves in homeland defense and military support to civilian authorities. He also serves as a principal advisor to the commander for maritime homeland defense.
Rear Adm. Thompson graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and in 1974 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. He was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), and served in USS Kilauea (AE-26) as gunnery officer, cargo officer, then First Lieutenant. During two extensive deployments Kilauea supplied ammunition to Naval Forces conducting combat operation off the coast of Vietnam. He was released from active duty in September 1972.
Rear Adm. Thompson was recalled to active duty in September 1990 in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He served as Commander, Port Security Harbor Defense Group TWO, Port of Al Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As group commander he was responsible for the defense of this strategic port from the high watermark seaward.
From 1992 to 1995, Rear Adm. Thompson served as Commander, Inshore Undersea Warfare Group TWO, Williamsburg, Va., which included 14-commissioned hardware equipped Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Units (MIUWUs). As commodore he helped identify forces and provided MIUWU assets to Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
He was promoted to flag rank in July of 1998 and assigned as Vice Commander, Maritime Defense Zone Pacific, Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California. He was responsible to the Commander for the seaward protection of vital logistic ports along the western seaboard of the United States.
From 1999-2002 Rear Adm. Thompson served as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations (J3) at United States Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii, and is responsible for coordinating joint and combined exercises within the Pacific theater of operations.
In 2000 to 2001, Rear Adm Thompson commanded Naval Reserve Readiness Command Midwest, which included 26 reserve centers and 8,000 personnel. During his command tour REDCOM-MW received the prestigious Rear Adm. F. Neale Smith Excellence Award as the number one readiness command in the nation.
His other significant assignments include: Deputy Commander, Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 10; Deputy Commander, Maritime Defense Zone 7; Commanding Officer, MIUWU-112; Commanding Officer, NR FF-1070 USS Downes; Commanding Officer, NR DDG-22 Benjamin Stoddart; and Commanding Officer, NR FF-1054 USS Gray.
Rear Adm. Thompson's awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star and various other service and campaign awards.
A native of Missouri, Rear Adm. Thompson graduated from Slater High School in 1966. He currently manages the family farming operation, and serves as the Executive Director of the Lafayette County Missouri Office of the Farm Service Agency, an agency of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Updated: 21 April 2004