John Thompson, Veteran Service Officer

Originally from Corpus Christi, John enlisted as a Military Policeman (MP) in the active duty Army in August 1995. He completed basic combat training and advanced individual training with Bravo Company, 795th Military Police Battalion at Fort McClellan, Ala. While serving as a Military Policeman, he completed multiple assignments at several duty stations, including Heidelberg, Germany, Fort Polk, La., Fort Bragg, N.C., and Chievres Air Base, Belgium. His duties included service as an MP gunner, protective services agent, team leader, traffic accident investigator, special reaction team member, squad leader, desk sergeant, and platoon sergeant.

As a Military Policeman, he deployed three times to Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo in support of operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guardian. His unit's missions included conducting reconnaissance and surveillance patrols on main supply routes, cordon and search operations, establishing traffic control points, checkpoints and defiles, responding to civil disturbances, traffic accident investigations, responding to unexploded ordinance and serious incident reporting.

Following ten years of enlisted service, John commissioned through the U.S. Army's Officer Candidate School in April 2006 as an Armor Officer. Immediately following the Armor Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to Sabre Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, and subsequently deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, John served as a tank platoon leader conducting a variety of counter-insurgency operations, including mounted and dismounted reconnaissance, sphere of influence engagements, route security, and security patrols through many villages and towns within his battle space.

Following his tour in Iraq, John returned to the United States and finished his Bachelor's degree with Tarleton State University before branch transferring to the Adjutant General (AG) Corps in 2010. As a newly appointed AG officer, John was assigned to Fort Drum, N.Y., with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. During this time he completed his Master's degree in Human Resource Management and participated in numerous training exercises across the U.S. After two years at Fort Drum, he was reassigned to Fort Bliss, with the 15th Sustainment Brigade where he served as a battalion staff officer and commanded the newly formed 178th Human Resources Company. 

After 20 years of military service, John retired from the Army in April 2016 and relocated to Collin County.

John and his family live in McKinney, and enjoy all the wonderful opportunities North Texas has to offer.