By Mrs. Jennifer Bacchus (AMC)October 3, 2019
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Tommy Carlisle was named Anniston Army Depot's deputy to the commander Sept. 29.
Carlisle, a native and resident of Lincoln, Ala., attended Lincoln High School, graduating in 1985.
He began his career at ANAD in September 1986 on a temporary appointment as a turbine engine mechanic while attending Ayers Technical Institute.
He progressed through the Turbine Engine Shop - earning promotions from WG-5 to WG-8 and WG-10.
In 1988, he accepted a permanent position.
During his career, Carlisle has deployed to numerous locations throughout the continental U.S. and overseas, assisting Soldiers with repair and maintenance activities on-site.
His first deployment was to Southwest Asia in October 1990.
Upon his return to ANAD, he transferred from the Turbine Engine Shop to the Combat Vehicle Repair Facility where he assisted in overhaul and repair of M1 Abrams tanks.
There, he gained experience and became a journeyman-level mechanic in 1992.
Carlisle credits his success to the mentorship of other leaders.
"I've worked for some great people who have demonstrated what good leadership looks like," said Carlisle.
He served as a supervisor in four divisions within the Directorate of Production - Fielding, Reciprocating Drive Train, Weapons and Tracked Systems - and was a division chief for three divisions - Logistics Management (Fielding), Reciprocating and Tracked Systems.
Tommy was named the deputy director of Production on July 19, 2010 and became the director of Production Jan. 8, 2018.
Aside from 11 months when he served in a temporary appointment as the deputy director of Production Management, Carlisle has been in Production for his entire career.
His civil service education includes ISO 9000, 9001:2000, Communication Skills for Leadership, Management Skills for Supervisors, LMP Training, Supervisors EEO Training, Continuing Education in Basic Supervision: Rockhurst University, Leadership Competencies for the Future and Human Resource and Ethics Training for Supervisors. He successfully completed the Executive Champions Lean Six Sigma course at North Carolina State University May 2014.
As the new deputy to the commander, Carlisle's top priorities are safety and providing readiness to the war fighters.
"During my career, I've had multiple deployments and have seen, firsthand, the environments our Soldiers work in," said Carlisle. "Getting the right equipment to them at the right time is important. Ensuring it's a quality product that will work for them when they need it is vital to their survival."