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Meet Your Army: Major General Thomas E. Ayres, Deputy Judge Advocate General U.S. Army
Join Major General Thomas E. Ayres and Pritzker Military Museum & Library President & CEO Kenneth Clarke for a discussion on the role of the Judge Advocate General's Corps and leadership in the U.S. Army. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Public Affairs, Midwest
MAJOR GENERAL TOM AYRES assumed command as the Commander, U.S Army Legal Services Agency and Chief Judge, U.S Army Court of Criminal Appeals on August 16, 2012.
Prior to this assignment, Major General Ayres served as Commander and Commandant of The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School from August 3, 2011, to August 16, 2012. MG Ayres previously served as the Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations, United States Army from 2009 to 2011. He held several former assignments as a command Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) including Multi-National Corps-Iraq, from January 2008 to April 2009, the SJA of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg from 2007-2009, the SJA of the 82nd Airborne Division, including tours as the SJA for Coalition Task Force 82, Operation Iraqi Freedom during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. and Task Force All American, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Ramadi, Iraq from 2003-2004. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Major General Ayres was commissioned in the U.S Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984. After service in Italy as an airborne rifle platoon leader, executive officer, and personnel officer, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, School of Law. His former key positions included service as a trial counsel, senior prosecutor and chief of criminal law at the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia; service as an environmental law and litigation attorney with the United States Legal Services Agencies in Falls Church, Virginia; and, service as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at the 82nd Airborne Division, the XVIII Airborne Corps & Fort Bragg, and Combined Joint Task Force-180, Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom.
Major General Ayres' awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, the Canadian Parachutist Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge.
Major General Ayres is married and has three children.