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Captain H. Thomas Workman
Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command

Captain H. Thomas Workman

Captain H. Thomas Workman is a native of Minersville, Pennsylvania.  He is a 1990 U.S. Naval Academy graduate (B.S. Mathematics), a 1996 Naval Postgraduate School graduate (M.S. Operations Research) and a 2008 National War College Distinguished Graduate (M.S. National Security Strategy).  In addition to Surface Warfare designation, Captain Workman holds sub-specialty designations in Operations Analysis & Logistics, National Security Studies, Mechanical Engineering, and Undersea Warfare.

Captain Workman’s sea duty assignments span five ship classes and both coasts.  Upon commissioning in 1990, he served as First Lieutenant and Maintenance Officer aboard USS DAHLGREN (DDG 43).  In 1992, he reported as a commissioning crewmember of USS VICKSBURG (CG 69), serving as Main Propulsion Assistant and Damage Control Assistant.  From 1997-2000 Captain Workman completed two Department Head assignments as Engineer Officer aboard USS OLDENDORF (DD 972) and USS VELLA GULF (CG 72).  From 2003-2004, he served as Executive Officer of USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) and USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) from 2003-2004 under the U.S. Navy’s SEA SWAP initiative.  From 2008-2010, he completed service as Commanding Officer USS CURTS (FFG 38).  During his tenure as Commanding Officer, USS CURTS was selected as 2009 Captain, Destroyer Squadron ONE Battle Efficiency Award Winner.  Captain Workman reported as Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO THREE in 2012, and Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO THREE from 2013-2014.

Prior to his U.S. Naval Forces Central Command service, Captain Workman’s previous shore assignments include service on the staff of:  the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2004-2007 as Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Action Officer, Chief - National Military Command Center (NMCC) Systems Operations Branch, NMCC Security Manager, and Flag Executive Assistant to the J-3 Deputy Director for Global Operations (DDGO); service on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs (DCNO N-7) from 2000-2002 as Surface Warfare Directorate (N-76) DD(X) Shipbuilding Program Requirements Officer and Flag Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director, Surface Ships (N-76E); and Bureau of Naval Personnel service from 2010-2012 as Surface Warfare Officer Community Manager.   

Captain Workman’s operational deployments include:  UNITAS XXXII; MED 94-1; MED 99-2; CENTCOM 04-3, which supported Operations PROVIDE PROMISE/DENY FLIGHT (1994), Operations NOBLE ANVIL/ALLIED FORCE (1999), and Operations ENDURING FREEDOM/IRAQI FREEDOM (2004); and CENTCOM/WESTPAC 2010.  He also participated in several RIMPAC, MARCOT, and Teamwork North multi-national Pacific theater operations.

Captain Workman’s personal and unit awards are highlighted by:  The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (6 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Kosovo Campaign Medal, and the NATO Service Medal (2 awards).


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