In DC, coalition salutes retired three-star general with Hobson award

Ret. Lt. Gen. John “JT” Thompson had extensive experience at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

At its annual “fly-in” to Washington, D.C., the Dayton Development Coalition awarded its “Dave Hobson Dayton Region Advocate Award” to retired Lt. Gen. John “JT” Thompson.

“Every year, the coalition presents the Dave Hobson Dayton Region Advocate Award to a leader who has been an effective, strong advocate for the region,” Jeff Hoagland, coalition president and chief executive, said in a statement Tuesday. “Lt. Gen. John Thompson has been one of Dayton’s strongest advocates since he arrived for his first tour at Wright-Patt in back in 1991.”

The award, named after former U.S. Rep. Dave Hobson, R-Springfield, honors regional leaders for advocacy on behalf of the Dayton region.

Past recipients include Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, Barbara Mills, Derek Porter, Scott Sullivan, retired Air Force Gen. Lester L. Lyles, retired Air Force Gen. Tom Owen, JP Nauseef, Dick Church, Don Patterson and Dan McCabe.

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Thompson’s last assignment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was as commander of the Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), and he served more than a dozen years at the base over the course of his career, the coalition noted.

He was the commander of the 303rd Aeronautical Systems Wing, and program executive officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Aeronautical Systems Center at the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), also at Wright Patt. He served as the PEO for Tankers and KC-46 Program director at AFLCMC, and other roles at both AFMC and AFLCMC.

When Thompson retired after his final post as commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, he came back to Ohio.

Said the coalition: “Thompson brings nearly four decades of experience and insight to the DDC, JobsOhio, and the work the organizations do to preserve, protect and grow the Dayton and Ohio federal installations.”

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About 180 regional leaders joined the coalition at its 40th Fly-In, an opportunity to interact with leaders and lawmakers in Washington about lobbying priorities and regional needs.

“2023 marks another record-breaking year for the number of community leaders attending the Fly-In,” Hoagland said. “We take great pride in how business, government, academia and the non-profit sector come together to support our region and ‘speak with one voice.’”

The Dayton region’s federal military-related installations represent economic activity of more than $19 billion each year, according to the coalition.

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