By By Cassandra B.Y. Tomarchio (CECOM)March 11, 2013
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD -- Thomas B. Gloor, was promoted to colonel of the U.S. Army during a ceremony here March 8. Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, Commanding General of the Communications and Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground, conducted the ceremony.
Gloor is a native of Waterbury, Vt., and the son of Bruno and Herta Gloor who immigrated to the United States from Switzerland and Germany in the early 1960's, becoming citizens in 1995.
After receiving his Bachelors of Arts in history and political science from Virginia's James Madison University, Gloor was commissioned into the Infantry in 1990. He also holds a Masters Degree in procurement and contract management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Gloor held numerous infantry and military intelligence positions both stateside and during overseas contingency operations. He joined the Army Acquisition Corps in 1998 where he has served in several roles including Product Manager for the Distributed Common Ground System - Army Intelligence Fusion. In this position, Gloor was responsible for the development, integration, modernization, procurement and worldwide fielding of the Army's flagship intelligence and electronic warfare processing system.
He currently serves as the military deputy to the director at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command's Software Engineering Center, providing life cycle software solutions and services for America's joint forces.
"As a former SEC Customer, Col. Gloor has been able to help our organization better understand the needs of the commanders and Soldiers who use our systems," said Gary Lichvar, acting director of the Software Engineering Center. "He has been a valued addition to our team and great mentor to our division chiefs and project leaders."
His awards and decorations include the Army Meritorious Service Award with silver and oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Award with five oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Award with service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal with two service stars, the United Nations Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Senior Parachutist Wings and the Air Assault Badge.
"Tom is a proven leader, he has taken on the toughest of assignments and excelled," said Ferrell.
Joining him at the promotion ceremony were his wife, Cheryl Gloor, his first platoon leader, Col. Robert Carpenter, and many of his colleagues from Aberdeen Proving Ground.
After the ceremony, Gloor said "I am touched so many of my colleagues came to celebrate my promotion. We work for one of the greatest institutions filled with great leaders, great programs with a great workforce. The truth is I love what I do."