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Thomas A. Schwartz
General Thomas A. Schwartz (1998).jpg
Nickname Tom
Born March 7, 1945(1945-03-07) (age 74)
Place of birth St. Paul, Minnesota
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1967-2002
Rank General
Commands held United States Forces Korea
Forces Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Silver Star
Purple Heart
Other work Chairman, Military Child Education Coalition board of directors

Thomas Allen Schwartz (born March 7, 1945)[1] is a retired United States Army four-star general who commanded the United States Army Forces Command from 1998 to 1999 and United States Forces Korea from 1999 to 2002.


Schwartz attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Military careerEdit

Schwartz was born on March 7, 1945, in St. Paul, Minnesota.[2] He was commissioned in the infantry following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1967. He served as a platoon leader and company commander with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry in Vietnam from August 1968 to October 1969, earning both a Silver Star and a Purple Heart.[3] In addition to Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Schwartz has also commanded III Corps[3] and the 4th Infantry Division from October 1993 to November 1995.[4]

Schwartz holds Master degrees from Duke University and the Naval War College.[5] He is also a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, and the Armed Forces Staff College.[5]


His awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.[5] He is also entitled to wear the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.[6] He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Maryland University College in 2002.[7]

Post MilitaryEdit

In 2004, Schwartz became chairman of the board of directors of the Military Child Education Coalition an organization co-founded by his wife Sandy and other military spouses.[3] He sits on the advisory board of Azbell Electronics.[8]


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