General Bussiere standing to the right of DIA President Clarence Laiti, Vietnam Veteran. Also in the picture are all DIA Council and staff along with Lt. Gen Thomas’s staff members.

Lt. Gen. Thomas met with Douglas Indian Association on February 4th, 2020 in honor of the government to government relationship.  Lt. Gen Thomas met with several other Tribal Leaderships to expand their relationships with Alaskan Tribes.

Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere is the Commander, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command; Commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command; Commander, Eleventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska. He is the senior military officer in Alaska, responsible for the integration of all military activities in the Alaskan joint operations area, synchronizing the activities of more than 21,000 active-duty and reserve forces from all services. As Commander of the Alaskan Region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, General Bussiere directs operations to ensure effective surveillance, monitoring and defens e of the region’s airs pace. He is also responsible for the planning and execution of all homeland defense operations within the area of responsibility, including security and civil support actions. General Bussiere also commands Eleventh Air Force, overseeing the training and readiness of five wings and Air Force installations located in Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam.

General Bussiere is a 1985 distinguished graduate of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps from Norwich University. He has held a variety of flying, staff and command assignments including the Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations, Joint Staff; Commander, 509th Bomb Wing; Inspector General, Headquarters, Air Force Global Strike Command; Advanced Programs Division, Headquarters, Air Combat Command and duty as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Multi -National Force-Iraq, Camp Victory, Baghdad. He commanded the 325th Bomb Squadron, 13th Bomb Squadron and 509th Operations Group at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. General Bussiere is a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the U.S. Army War College Advanced Strategic Arts Program. Prior to his current position, Lt. Gen. Bussiere was the Commander, Eighth Air Force, and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center,
Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. General Bussiere is a command pilot with more than 3,400 hours in the T-38, F-15C, B-1B and B-2A. He led F-15C combat missions during operations Southern Watch and Vigilant Warrior and B-2 combat missions during operations Allied Force and Iraqi Freedom.