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Alabama National Guard promotes newest general

Maj. Gen. Thomas Vickers was sworn into his increased rank and responsibility on June 21.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Vickers was sworn into his increased rank and responsibility.
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Thomas Vickers, commander of the U.S. National Guard’s only theater-level sustainment command, assumed the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Alabama National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters on June 21, 2024.  

Maj. Gen. Vickers was sworn into his increased rank and responsibility by State Representative Chris Blackshear, a longtime friend who participated in the ceremony on behalf of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. 

Vickers’ wife and son, whom he called his “rock” and greatest supporters, pinned the two silver stars on each side of his uniform.

“Relationships are what truly matter and what I cherish the most,” said Vickers.

The Alabama National Guard’s top officer, The Adjutant General Brig. Gen. David Pritchett, spoke highly of Maj. Gen. Vickers’ character and morals stating, “Taking care of Soldiers is the cornerstone of his command philosophy.” 

Among the crowd were the proud faces of former coworkers, students, and athletes whom Vickers has made a significant impact on during his thirty years as a full-time civilian educator and drilling Guardsman. Vickers retired in 2022 from his position as the principal of Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama.

“I am honored and humbled by this selection and give special thanks to my family and the hundreds of Alabama Guardsmen I’ve served with throughout my career,” said Vickers. 

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“We all live by the Army values, but it is my family’s values and guidance than have made me the man I am today.” 

Maj. Gen. Vickers has 35 years of service and will continue his command of the 167th Theater Sustainment Command in Anniston, Alabama. 

Maj. Gen. Vickers commissioned in 1988 as a Second Lieutenant into the Army National Guard as an Engineer Officer through Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Auburn University, a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Columbus State University, and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and a Combat Action Badge to name a few. 

Vickers closed the ceremony saying, “I look forward to the future of what the Alabama National Guard holds.” 

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