Tom Milligan

50 Year Update:  When I graduated from Ramapo in 1962, I set off to find an education and some adventure. That initial journey took me to Texas where I attended Baylor University.  Being the son of an Air Force officer, after graduation from college, I had a great desire to fly and found my way into the Air Force where I spent 20 years flying fighter aircraft all over the world.
 
1969 -1987: After completing pilot training in Arizona in 1968, I was assigned to a base in Nevada where I flew jets and was married.  My French skills learned at Ramapo came into play when out of the blue the Air Force sent me off to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California to learn French on my way to Vietnam.  My return from combat was short lived as I returned to the USA just in time to deploy to Thailand where I flew additional combat missions. I flew a total of 272 combat missions in South East Asia.  The time away from home during my deployments to combat destroyed my marriage but I was blessed with 3 sons.
 
After the war, I was moved into the airplane testing business and was assigned to Idaho for 5 years flying a new prototype aircraft.  The Air Force then sent me to Long Island where I served 5 years as the USAF representative to Grumman Aerospace. At Grumman, I had the time of my life flying the EF-111, F-14, A-6E and EA-6B aircraft.  My next assignment was Washington DC. And I retired from the USAF in 1987.
 
1987 – 1995: When I decided to retire from the Air Force in 1987 to begin the next stage of my life’s adventure, I had no idea what I wanted to do. My luck held, however, and a head hunter called me and said that since I could speak French, how about a job in France. Yes, was my response! For 9 years I worked at in Paris, France and traveled the world. On one of my trips to the UK, I met my future wife Fiona, a young Scottish lass who has been by my side ever since. We had 2 sons in France and a third born in the USA.
 
We presently live in Oregon where I’m the VP, Executive Officer for a major high tech firm.  We still have 1 son in high school, a son attending UNLV and the oldest is in his third year at West Point.
 
I’m working hard to keep my schedule open for the Ramapo 50th.

Unfortunately Tom will be unable to attend, but has sent a message and a photo. Click here to view.


40 Year Bio:
 

Tom Milligan is responsible for Air Force and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) business development at FLIR Systems, Inc. in Portland, Oregon.In this position, he is responsible for company business at over 190 US aerospace companies from the major manufacturers like the Boeings, Lockheeds and Sikorskys to the dozens of smaller installers, integrators and finishers supporting the aerospace business.
After graduation from Ramapo Regional High School in 1962, he earned a BA from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where he was commissioned as a distinguished graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1967.
After completing pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., in June 1968, he attended F-111 qualification training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada where he was then assigned as a member of the very first operational F-111 squadron. Following his Nellis assignment, Tom attended the Defense language Institute where he studied French en route to Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller in the O-2A.After his FAC tour, he returned to Nellis in time to deploy to Takhli, Thailand in the F-111. He flew 272 combat missions in South East Asia.Returning again to Nellis in 1973, Tom was assigned to the 474th Tactical Fighter Wing where he held several positions including flight commander, instructor, wing standardization & flight evaluation pilot, and wing executive officer.In From 1975 to 1980 he was assigned to the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center EF-111A prototype test detachment at Mountain Home, ID.He served as both the operations officer and commander of this 250 person test detachment. After the congressional production go-ahead for the EF-111, Tom was assigned to Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) as the USAF representative to Grumman Aerospace Corporation.At Grumman, Tom managed both the EF-111 and X-29 Forward Swept Wings programs and performed flight acceptance in the EF-111, F-14, A-6E and EA-6B aircraft.In 1986, Tom was assigned to the headquarters in Washington DC.He retired from the USAF in 1987.

Following his retirement, Tom was as a Flight Test Manager working with Dassault Aviation in Paris, France, on the Mirage 2000 multi-role fighter aircraft program.In this position, Tom traveled the world with the Mirage 2000 and spent many months working in Abu Dhabi with the United Arab Emirates Air Force Mirage 2000 program. He returned to the USA at the end of 1994.

Tom is a command pilot with more than 5,500 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-100, F-111, EF-111, F-14, A-1E, OV-10, AT-37, A-6E and EA-6B aircraft.

Tom is married to the former Fiona Fergusson of Edinbough, Scotland and they have three children: Tommy 11 years, Cameron 8 Years, and Robert 6 years.Tom has 3 grown sons from a previous marriage.

Air Force Assignments:

1. 1967 - 1968, pilot training, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.


2. 1968 - 1971, F-111 pilot, 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
3. 1971 - 1972, O-2A pilot, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, South Vietnam
4. 1972 - 1975, F-111 pilot, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, NV & Takhli Air Base, Thailand.
5. 1975 - 1980, Detachment Commander and EF-111 prototype test pilot, USAF Tactical Air Warfare Center, Det. 3, Mt. Home AFB, Idaho.
6. 1980 - 1985, EF-111 acceptance test pilot and X-29 program manager, Grumman Aerospace Corp, Long Island, NY.
7. 1985 – 1987, Air Force Systems Command staff and command briefer, Andrews AFB, MD.
8. 1987 – 1995, test manager for Mirage 2000 aircraft, Paris, France. 
9. 1995 – 1997, manager government sales, Computer Resources International, Seattle, WA.
10. 1997 – present, manager, FLIR Systems, Inc. Portland, OR.

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Rating: Command pilot


Flight hours: More than 5,500, (3,000 in the F-111 & EF-111)
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-100, F-111, EF-111, F-14, A-6E, EA-6B, O-2A and others
Pilot wings from: Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 oak leaf clusters


Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal

Navy Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



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