Lt. Col. Steven E. Thomas
HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS
An accomplished professional with over 27 years of experience in counseling, pastoral
care (drug/alcohol, psychological, geriatrics, hospice, grief, administration, volunteer
services and public affairs).
Strong skills in organizing work flow, ideas, materials and people.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills and building trust levels.
Background broadened by overseas travel and positions.
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL Bachelor in Social Studies Education
Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, Master of Divinity
Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne IN, (ABD) Dr. of Ministry
American Association of Pastoral Counseling (4 units)
Clinical Pastoral Education (3units)
Prison Chaplain, Male Medium Security Prison, Program and Administration for 10
Senior Coordinating Chaplain for Wisconsin Department of Corrections for 5 years.
Ordained Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Pastor for 27 years.
Crisis Intervention counselor and social case worker experienced in techniques and case
management from pastoral, social work and psychological background involving issues
of physical, emotional, addiction, sexual abuse/neglect, stress illness, divorce,
separations and death and corresponding grief, hospice, AIDS, employee relations and
Critical Incident Stress Management.
Developed and worked plans to provide thorough demographics on residents and study
information for prevention and intervention programs for workplace stress.
Served 5 years as Commanding Officer of a Marine Support Unit with focus on
emergency response to combat terrorist activity and natural disaster. Responsibilities
were to recruit, interview, select personnel, develop tasking, and develop individual and
unit goals and training to meet those goals and evaluate.
Served in Desert Storm in Casualty Assistance Officer Training, and forward deployed
to Okinawa, Japan as Deputy Group Chaplain Third Force Service Support Group in
charge of 20 chaplains and 50 support personnel serving on various task forces involved
in disaster response.
Deployed to the Combat Services Support Detachment (Operation Provide Comfort)
Northern Iraq, Kurdish Refugees as the Marine Liaison and Critical Incident Stress
Served 3 years as the Command Chaplain for Military Sealift Command Far East
headquartered out of Yokohama, Japan. I coordinated for the spiritual and emotional
and support needs of the crews and their families of 40 ships attached to the command,
from Oakland, CA to Persian Gulf from Arctic to Antarctic Circles. During this time I
was able to keep all vessels supplied with an enlisted liaison and maintained direct
contact in times of crisis intervention and providing the necessary support to meet the
needs of the fleet.
TEACHING AND TRAINING:
Qualified Instructor/Teacher, Undergraduate work done in Social Studies Education
and Economics, secondary level.
Health Services Instructor for Integnet, Agnesian Health Network in CPR, First Aid,
Blood Borne Pathogens.
Training Officer for Pastoral Care Department, Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
developed and coordinated and provided weekly refresher training for departmental
and hospital staff, volunteers and community organization in dynamics of family,
intervention, communication skills and use of available community resources.
Commanding Officer of Marine/Naval Support Unit tasked with setting up training for
twelve Western US units in various climates ranging from desert, tropical to cold
weather environments that included radiological, biological and chemical conditions
Experienced in developing curriculum and creating activities to facilitate application of
Coordinated a wide range of logistics for office functions to successfully integrate the
many demanding priorities of high pressure, faced paced operations, working quickly,
efficiently and cooperatively with management and employees.
Prepared edited, proofed correspondence, reports, proposals grant agreements and
Planned organized and presided over conferences, ceremonies, meetings and media
Planned and executed operations to bring 12 military support units to central locations
Lt. Col. Steven Edward Thomas
Part-time work while attending school
MAY 73-MAY 74 University of Illinois @ Urbana, Student Accounts Clerk
MAY 74-JUN 74 Urbana Public Schools, Temporary fill Social Studies teacher
SEP 71 - MAY 78 Teaching Assistant for Dr. David P. Scaer, Concordia Sem/Univ. IL
JUL 74 - JUL 76 Avis-Rent-A-Car, Springfield, IL, Computer Rental Agent
NOV 74 – JUN 76 Springfield IL, Public Schools, Home Bound Instructor
JUL 76 – JUL 77 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lowell, MI (internship)
JUL 77 – AUG 77 US Navy Chaplain School (8 week basic officer training)
SEP 77 – JUN 78 Avis Rent-A-Car, Fort Wayne, IN Rental and Maintenance Agent
Ordained Minister JUN 1978
JUL 78 – OCT 80 Peace Lutheran Church, Detroit, MI, Assistant Pastor
OCT 80 – MAR 84 US Navy Active Duty
MAR 84 – MAY 86 Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, WI Assoc. Pastor
MAY 86 – OCT 92 Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, WI Sr. Admin. Pastor
FEB 91 – SEP 91 Active Duty US Navy/Marine Corps, Active Duty
MAR 93 – NOV 93 St. John’s Lutheran Church, Port Washington, WI , Interim Pastor
AUG 93 – SEP 03 Dept. of Corrections, Fox Lake Correctional Sr. Chaplain.
Senior Chaplain WI Dept. of Corrections (1995-2000)
JUN 02 – Present Zion Lutheran Church, Burnett WI
Military Service: CDR,CHC, USNR
JAN 77 – JUL 77 Reserve Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 26, Grand Rapids MI/Staff
SEP 77 – JUN 78 Voluntary Training Unit, Fort Wayne, IN, Staff Officer
SEP 78 – OCT 80 4th Marine Air Wing Support Group 47/Wing Medical HQ Selfridge ANG, MI
Medical Administration/Staff Officer/Chaplain/General’s Staff
OCT 80 – MAY 82 USS America CV-66 (aircraft carrier) Norfolk, VA,(Wing Chaplain, Damage
(active duty) Control/Fire Fighting, Nuclear Weapons team, Medical Triage support, Naval Flight
Officer Training Pensacola, FL
MAY 82- MAR 84 Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA, Staff Chaplain, Division Officer, Clinical Resident, and
Ancillary Services Dept. Training Officer, Special Psychological Response and
Treatment team member.
JUN 84 –DEC 88 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, Naval Air Station, Glenview,IL
Planning and Mobilization Air/Ground Team, Staff, Chaplain
OCT 86 – OCT 88 2nd Reserve Naval Construction Regiment, NTC Great Lakes, IL Chaplain
JAN 89 - SEP 93 Marine Expeditionary Force, Support Unit 713, NTC Great Lake, IL
SEP 90 –SEP 90 Desert Shield, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA
(active duty) Mortuary and Mass Casualty Assistance Training Instructor
FEB 91 – JUL 91 Desert Storm 3rd Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan
(active duty) Deputy Command Chaplain 3rd FSSG, 9th Motor Transport Batt., 3rd Landing Support
Batt., deployed Northern Iraq for Operation Provide Comfort, Staff Officer, Air/Ground
Mobilization team, Refugee Liaison, Road Master/Nuclear Materials team, transport
driver/Hazardous Jump Platoon, Break Out Officer Typhoon and Natural
Disasters.(mobilized for Okinawa Typhoon, Bangladesh Cyclone, Mt Pinatubo eruption).
JUL 91 – SEP 91 Base Operations, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL, staff/project officer,
SECDEF, Washington, DC, Fort Sheridan Housing Evaluation Project.
OCT 93 – OCT 94 Voluntary Training Unit 1318, Madison, WI. Mobilization Officer, Community
Liaison Officer (Red Cross Services, Dane County Area)
OCT 94 – OCT 98 Military Sealift Command Pacific/Far East, US Navy/ US Merchant Marine
Air/Ground/Sea Mobilization team, Disaster Support Officer, Load Officer, Liaison
Officer, Ship Habitability Officer, Refugee Support Officer, Community Services
Officer, Command Chaplain. Mobilized for Typhoon Ikki. Forward deployed to
Yokohama, Japan and Pusan, Republic of Korea for operations.
OCT 98 – MAY 00 Voluntary Training Unity 1318, Madison, WI, Mobilization Officer.
JAN 97 – present Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary. Dodge County Composite
MAR 04 – present Great Lakes Region Deputy CISM
Military Annual Training:
1977 Officer Basic Training, NETC Newport RI 8 weeks
1978 OJT Naval Air Station Glenview IL (30 day staff officer training)
1979 Desert Survival Training/Mobilization, MCAS El Toro/MCB 29 Palms, CA
1980 Field Medical School/ Marine Corps Base, Camp LeJeune, NC
1981 Active Duty Deployment to Persian Gulf/Mediterranean
1982 Aviation Division Officers School/AODA Clinical Resident Training
1983 Instructor Naval Hospital Orientation/Mass Casualty Triage
1984 Naval Construction Battalion Training
1985 Operation Green Stinger, RNMCB, NAS Glenview, ANGB Fort McCoy,WI
1986 Earthquake Reconstruction and Mobilization Training MCB Camp Pendleton,
1987 US Army Jump School Fort Benning GA.
1988 Cold Weather Operations/Blizzard Training, ANG Camp Ripley, MN
1989 US Coast Guard Support Training, Gov. Island, NY
1990 Advanced Supervisory Training, Naval War College, Newport RI
1991 1st Marine Brigade Service Support Group, MCAS Kaneohe, HI
1992 Field Grade Officer Training/FBI Terrorist Training, MCDCC Quantico, VA
1993 1st Recruit Regiment Chaplain/4th Recruit Battalion, MCRD Parris Island, SC
1994 TRANSCOM Mobilization course/Travis Air Force Base, CA
1995 Supervisory Command Tour of Operations Japan, Korea, Guam, Singapore, Persian Gulf,
and pre-planning Operation Ulchi Focus Lens (ROK re-invasion)
1996 Operation Ulchi-Focus Lens, Republic of Korea
1997 TRANSCOM Load Officer Course, Oakland Army Base, Oakland, CA, Critical
Incident Management Course, NTC Great Lakes, IL
1998 Military Sealift Command, Port Operations Officer School, Naval Supply Base,
1999 Medical First Responder Training
Region Chaplain Staff Colleges
1999,2001,2002,2003,2004 GLR, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Wisconsin Wing CAP Squadron Chaplain of the Year 1999 and 2004
Great Lakes Region CAP Squadron Chaplain of the Year 2004
Deputy Director Great Lakes Region CISM