Calvert B. Thomas, Jr.

Navy Veteran & MBA Student at Dartmouth College

Cal attended Norwich University on a Naval ROTC scholarship and graduated in May 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation he received a commission as an Ensign in the Navy and moved to Pensacola, Florida to begin his training as a Naval Flight Officer. In March 2006, Cal received his wings of gold and was designated an E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer. Subsequently, he reported to VAW-113 in Point Mugu, California as a member of the “Black Eagles,” with whom he deployed three times aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), FOAL EAGLE and the joint United States – India MALABAR Exercises.  He quickly upgraded to the level of Mission Commander. In December 2008 Cal graduated from the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), after which he was chosen to be VAW-113’s NFO Training Officer, where he served as the squadron subject matter expert on Carrier Strike Group Air Defense, giving lectures on both coalition and threat nation tactics and was directly responsible for training 21 junior officers, 6 strike group Operations Specialists and Combat Direction Center staff aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. His other non-flying duties included Aircraft Division Officer, where he led 43 sailors in five different work centers. He was the Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) representative and Master-Air-Attack-Planner at the Combined Air Operations Center at Al-Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar where he planned and scheduled air refueling operations for all US Navy aircraft operating in Afghanistan. He was also the only first tour junior officer selected to be overall mission lead for a dual strike group air defense exercise; responsible for all aspects of the exercise from planning and execution to debriefing, for two separate air wings and strike groups, encompassing over 40 aircraft and 14 naval vessels.

After his tour at VAW-113, Cal was selected to become a Naval Flight Officer Instructor and reported the VAW-120 Greyhawks in Norfolk, VA. In addition to his duties training student Naval Flight Officers to tactically operate the E-2C Hawkeye in a combat environment, he served as the Public Affairs Officer, Officer’s Mess Treasurer, Ground Safety Officer and Air Intercept Control Phase Head.  He instructed Naval Flight Officer simulators and battle problems and evaluated the performance of junior flight officers.

During the course of his military career, Cal accrued over 1,300 E-2C flight hours, including over 500 mission commander hours and almost 300 combat hours, as well as over 400 carrier arrested landings. He was awarded two Air Medals for meritorious achievement and outstanding tactical acumen, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for exemplary leadership and airmanship, the Afghanistan campaign medal, Humanitarian Relief medal and various other personal and unit awards.

Following his military service, Cal enrolled as a full-time graduate student at Dartmouth University (Tuck School of Business), where he is pursuing his MBA using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.