50 Year Update: When I
Ramapo in 1962, I set off to find an education and some
initial journey took me to Texas where I attended Baylor
Being the son of an Air Force officer, after graduation from
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
My French skills learned at Ramapo came into play when out of
the Air Force sent me off to the Defense Language Institute in
California to learn French on my way to Vietnam. My return
was short lived as I returned to the USA just in time to deploy
where I flew additional combat missions. I flew a total of 272
in South East Asia. The time away from home during my
to combat destroyed my marriage but I was blessed with 3 sons.
After the war, I was moved into the airplane testing business
was assigned to Idaho for 5 years flying a new prototype
The Air Force then sent me to Long Island where I served 5 years
USAF representative to Grumman Aerospace. At Grumman, I had the
my life flying the EF-111, F-14, A-6E and EA-6B aircraft.
assignment was Washington DC. And I retired from the USAF in
1987 – 1995: When I decided to retire from the Air Force in
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
since I could speak French, how about a job in France. Yes, was
For 9 years I worked at in Paris, France and traveled the world.
of my trips to the UK, I met my future wife Fiona, a young
who has been by my side ever since. We had 2 sons in France and
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
son attending UNLV and the oldest is in his third year at West
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:
Milligan is responsible for Air Force and Original Equipment
(OEM) business development at FLIR Systems, Inc. in Portland,
this position, he is responsible for company business at over
190 US aerospace
companies from the major manufacturers like the Boeings,
Sikorskys to the dozens of smaller installers, integrators and
supporting the aerospace business.
After graduation from Ramapo Regional High
in 1962, he earned a BA from Baylor University, Waco, Texas,
where he was
commissioned as a distinguished graduate through the Reserve
Corps program in 1967.
After completing pilot training at Williams
Force Base, Ariz., in June 1968, he attended F-111 qualification
at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada where he was then assigned as a
of the very first operational F-111 squadron. Following his
Tom attended the Defense language Institute where he studied
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,
in the F-111. He
flew 272 combat
missions in South East Asia.Returning
to Nellis in 1973, Tom was assigned to the 474th
Fighter Wing where he held several positions including flight
instructor, wing standardization & flight evaluation pilot,
executive officer.In From
1980 he was assigned to the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center
prototype test detachment at Mountain Home, ID.He
served as both the operations officer and commander of this 250
test detachment. After
congressional production go-ahead for the EF-111, Tom was
assigned to Air
Force Systems Command (AFSC) as the USAF representative to
Corporation.At Grumman, Tom managed
both the EF-111 and X-29 Forward Swept Wings programs and
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
Manager working with Dassault Aviation in Paris, France, on the
2000 multi-role fighter aircraft program.In
this position, Tom traveled the world with the Mirage 2000 and
months working in Abu Dhabi with the United Arab Emirates Air
2000 program. He
to the USA at the end of 1994.
Tom is a command pilot with more than 5,500
hours in the T-37, T-38, F-100, F-111, EF-111, F-14, A-1E,
A-6E and EA-6B aircraft.
Tom is married to the former Fiona Fergusson
Scotland and they have three children: Tommy 11 years, Cameron 8
and Robert 6 years.Tom
has 3 grown
sons from a previous marriage.
Air Force Assignments:
1. 1967 - 1968, pilot training, Williams
2. 1968 - 1971, F-111 pilot, 429th Tactical Fighter
Nellis AFB, NV
3. 1971 - 1972, O-2A pilot, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, South
4. 1972 - 1975, F-111 pilot, 474th Tactical Fighter
Nellis AFB, NV & Takhli Air Base, Thailand.
5. 1975 - 1980, Detachment Commander and EF-111 prototype test
USAF Tactical Air Warfare Center, Det. 3, Mt. Home AFB, Idaho.
6. 1980 - 1985, EF-111 acceptance test pilot and X-29 program
Grumman Aerospace Corp, Long Island, NY.
7. 1985 – 1987, Air Force Systems Command staff and command
Andrews AFB, MD.
8. 1987 – 1995, test manager for Mirage 2000 aircraft, Paris,
9. 1995 – 1997, manager government sales, Computer Resources
10. 1997 – present, manager, FLIR Systems, Inc. Portland, OR.
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,
O-2A and others
Pilot wings from: Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 oak leaf
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
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
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