Professor of Military Science
LTC Thomas E. Sachariason
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Sachariason entered the U.S. Army after graduating from Montevideo Senior High School in 1985, serving as an Airborne Infantryman in 2-325 Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division. His prior service includes participating in the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping mission in the Sinai, Egypt. He completed his enlistment in 1989, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Transportation in 1993 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Sociology/Pre-Law, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate.
In over twenty four years as an officer, LTC Sachariason has participated in three combat deployments in Iraq; a humanitarian operation in the Caribbean; tours of duty in Korea, Germany, Italy and Norway; and served in a variety of command and staff positions in the continental United States. Most recently, he served as a lead exercise planner at the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway.
In addition to his undergraduate education, LTC Sachariason holds a Master of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Master of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In Spring 2018, he will graduate from the University of Louisville with a Master of Art in Higher Education Administration. He is also a graduate of the Primary Leadership Development Course, Transportation Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Support Operations Course, Joint and Combined Warfare School, Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General staff College, and the NATO Defense College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, with oak leaf cluster; Defense Meritorious Service Medal, with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal, with two oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal, with two oak leaf clusters; the Joint Service Achievement Medal, with oak leaf cluster; Army Achievement Medal, with silver oak leaf cluster; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal, with Bronze Service Star; Iraq Campaign Medal, with 3 campaign stars; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon, with Numeral 4; Multinational Force and Observers Medal; Expert Infantryman's Badge; Senior Parachutist badge; a U.S. State Department Meritorious Honor Award; and the German Armed Forces Parachutist Badge. During his career, LTC Sachariason has been personally recognized for achievement by General Gordon Sullivan, Army Chief of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Ambassador James Jeffrey, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.
LTC Sachariason is married to the former Heather Roark of Kansas City, MO. He has a son, Justin, a combat veteran that served in Afghanistan as an Infantryman with the 3d Cavalry Regiment, and a daughter, Kathleen, a graduate student at Florida State University, pursuing a Masters degree in Music Therapy.