Lt. Col. Andrew Thompson
United States Naval Academy
Lt. Col Andrew Thompson, USMC, is in his second season as an Executive Administrator with a focus on the team's academics.
Thompson also assists Coach Niumatalolo and the military officer representatives with professionally developing and molding Navy Football Players to assume future positions of leadership in the Navy and Marine Corps.
Thompson is a 1996 graduate of the Naval Academy where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter on the football team as a defensive back and was the team captain in 1995. He was the recipient of the Rip Miller award as a senior, which is presented to the season's most valuable player as voted on by his teammates.
After graduating from the The Basic School in March of 1997, he attended Aircraft Maintenance Officer's Course at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He was then assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 13 in June of 1997.
Assignments at MAG-13 included Maintenance Material Control Officer (MMCO) for Marine Attack Squadrons 211 and 214. He performed duties as an Aviation Maintenance Officer on six month deployments with both commands. While in Yuma, Arizona, he was also assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS-13) as the training officer. He also served as the Quality Assurance Officer/Assistant fixed-wing MMCO during WTI course 2-98 assigned to MAWTS-1. Thompson was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in May of 1998, and to Captain in June of 2000.
In March of 2001, Thompson transferred to MAG-41 in Fort Worth, Texas. Assigned to MALS-41, his duties included Quality Assurance Officer, Power Plants Officer, Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He also earned an additional Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 8551 as a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Black Belt Instructor.
After being accepted to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Thompson detached from MAG-41 and arrived in Monterey, Calif. in June of 2004. In December 2005, Thompson graduated with a Master's of Business Administration degree in Defense Systems Analysis.
In Jan. 2006, he reported to Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va. and was assigned as an analyst for the Assistant Commander for Programs. In May of 2006, Thompson volunteered to deploy as a Marine Corps Systems Command Liaison Officer (LNO) to Marine Forces Central Command. He was promoted to his current rank while deployed in July of 2006. He served as the Executive Officer and the Officer in Charge of MALS-16 in San Diego, Calif. from July of 2009 to June of 2011. In 2011, MALS-16 was selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps as the MALS of the Year.
Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He and his wife Alison have three children, Evan, Savannah and Spencer.