Colonel Thomas Trumps, Commandant of Cadets
Colonel Trumps, '79 assumed the Commandant of Cadets position at the Virginia Military Institute on 1 March 2007. He was born at Fort Meade, Maryland, on 7 January 1957. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Air Defense Artillery (ADA).
While a cadet, Colonel Trumps captained the VMI Rugby Club during his second and first class years. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University and is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College.
In January 1980, Colonel Trumps’ first troop assignment was as a Vulcan platoon leader in the 2d Infantry Division, South Korea. In January 1981, he returned stateside and served as a Redeye platoon leader, an assistant battalion operations officer and a Vulcan/Stinger Battery Commander in the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia. From December 1985 until May 1989, he performed duties as an operations and ceremonies officer in the Directorate of Ceremonies and Special Events, US Army Military District of Washington. Then, from July 1990 until September 1992, he served as the battalion operations officer in both the 8th Infantry and 1st Armored Divisions in Germany. During that period, his ADA battalion deployed and was attached to the 3d Armored Division from November 1990 to May 1991 for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In December 1992, Colonel Trumps reported to the Directorate of Operations, the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, as an action officer in the Joint Operations Division. In August 1995, he assumed command of an ADA battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas. In July 1999, after attending War College, he returned to Fort Bliss as the Director of the United States Army Air Defense Artillery School’s Training and Doctrine Directorate. In April 2001, he assumed command of the Fort Bliss Garrison and remained in that position until his retirement in August 2003.
Colonel Trumps’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 campaign stars) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. He is also authorized to wear the parachutist and Joint Staff identification badges.
Prior to returning to VMI, Colonel Trumps spent three-plus years performing business development functions for Raytheon Company in Reston, Virginia.
Colonel Trumps is married to the former Nancy L. Koah of Beaver Falls, PA. They have three children: Shannon (24), Sam (13) and Nell (6).
28 February 2007