FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- Edward C. Thomas, deputy to the CECOM LCMC commanding general, received the Senior Executive Service (SES) Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award late last month from Secretary of the Army Preston M. "Pete" Geren in ceremonies at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery.

Each year the President recognizes a group of career senior executives with the award for exceptional long-term accomplishments. The award winners are chosen by the President after being nominated and evaluated for their leadership in producing results or professional, technical or scientific achievement.

It is considered the highest recognition afforded to career professionals. Only one percent of the career Senior Executive Service members earn the award.

Thomas was cited for "resolving complex resource management issues, planning and successfully executing major Army Base Realignment and Closure actions, introducing Army-wide software business process innovation, and providing powerful change leadership within the Army C41SR [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] community."

Thomas has served the Army and Fort Monmouth for over 34 years. He was initially appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2001 and served as director of the CECOM LCMC Software Engineering Center before assuming his current position. He previously served as the CECOM Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans.

Hailing from Paterson, N.J.,Thomas earned a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science at Trenton State College in 1974; a master of Business Administration degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1980 and a master of science degree in National Resource Strategy at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1995.

He's received numerous awards, including a previous SES Presidential Rank Award in 2003 and the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2006.