By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Master Sgt. Thomas L. Dennis, the son of Tommy and Laverne Dennis of Madison, retired from the U.S. Air Force on April 8. The ceremony was held at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Born in Thomasville, Ga., Master Sgt. Dennis graduated from Madison County High School in 1991. In July 1991, he entered Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas.
Following basic training, Dennis spent four months of technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems training.
Dennis’ first assignment was as an air conditioning specialist at the 2853rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.
After spending several years on station, he became a journeyman and was promoted to Senior Airman. He then received an assignment to Osan Air Base in Korea.
After completion of his one-year tour of duty, Dennis was assigned to the 796th Civil Engineer Squadron in Eglin Air Force Base, near Pensacola.
While assigned to Eglin, Dennis met and married his wife, Tamika. They have four children.
Within the next 11 years, Dennis graduated from the Airman Leadership School. He received a promotion to staff sergeant in 1998 and held the position as heating and air conditioning crew leader. He was later deployed to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait for 120 days.
In 2003, Dennis received a promotion to technical sergeant and attended Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, where he was a distinguished graduate. He became the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration shortly afterwards.
He was deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq for 181 days in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was embedded with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the NCOIC of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration operations.
Three years later, Dennis was promoted to master sergeant and selected to cross-train in Information Management.
Dennis became an Information Manager in 2007 and was assigned to the 49th Communications Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
While serving at Holloman, Dennis served as Chief of the Network Training Center, Section Chief of Force Development, Section Chief of Client Systems, Wing 3D0X1 Functional Manager and Flight Chief of Plans and Resources. These positions earned him the 2008 49th Fighter Wing Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of Information Management and 2010 49th Wing Senior Non-Commission Officer of Cyberspace Operations.
Dennis’ military decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal; the Air Force Achievement Meal with one oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters; the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with six oak leaf clusters; the National Defense Medal with bronze star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal with bronze star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Air Force Overseas Short Tour Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal with gold border; Air Force Longevity Service Medal with Gold Border; Air Force Longevity Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Air Force PME Graduate with one oak leaf cluster; and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Medal.