into the SARCA Hall of Fame
Lieutenant General Thomas J. Plewes became the first three-star officer in the history of the Army Reserve on June 13, 2001. He served as Chief, Army Reserve, and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command from that date until his retirement on May 25, 2002. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
Lieutenant General Plewes also served as Commanding General, 310th Theater Army Area Command, Assistant Deputy Commanding General for Reserve Affairs of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (AMC), and was assigned as Deputy Commander for Operations of the U.S. Army Depot System Command.
Prior to his assignments in AMC, he was Chief of Staff, 310th Theater Army Area Command, and Commander, 510th Theater Army Support Group, Baltimore, Maryland. He held a variety of positions in the 310th Theater Army Area Command. In 1969 he entered the Army Reserve. On Active Duty, from 1966 –1969, he served with the 3rd Engineer Battalion of the 24th Infantry Division in Germany and Fort Riley, Kansas as Commander, Company B; Commander, Atomic Demolitions Platoon.
His military education includes Engineer Officer Candidate School, the Engineer, Ordnance and Quartermaster Advance Courses, Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters)
He was a member of the congressionally chartered Reserve Forces Policy Board, and is a past president of the Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association. Prior to becoming president, he supported SARCA in numerous committee assignments over the years. He is currently an active member of the Reserve Officers Association and the Association of the United States Army, where he serves on the Board of Advisors.
In his civilian capacity, Lieutenant General Plewes serves as a program director for the National Academy of Sciences. He had previously served as the Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he had responsibility for the Nation’s labor force information.
He graduated from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, with a Bachelors Degree in Economics, and received a Masters Degree in Economics from the George Washington University. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and serves on the Board of trustees of Excelsior College, Albany, New York.
Lieutenant General Plewes is married to the former Elizabeth Hall of Trenton, New Jersey. Mrs. Plewes is still actively involved in Army Reserve Family Support activities. They have two children, Jeffrey and Melissa.