In Boston, Mass. aboard the USS Constitution, dignitaries, military personnel and his entire family celebrated Commander Thomas David Fohr’s retirement after serving for 32 years in the United States Navy.
Commander Fohr is a native of Waukesha, Wisc., and a 1980 graduate of Waukesha South High School. His naval career began in 1980 when he enlisted just out of high school in August.
After completing his Aviation Ordnanceman ‘A’ school at the top of his class (March 1981), he was stationed onboard the USS Midway (CV-41) from June 1981 to June 1984, attached to the Attack Squadron VA-56. He then moved to Kingsville, Texas where he was attached to Training Squadron VT-21 from June 1984 to June 1986. While attached to VT-21, he completed his associate’s degree from Georgia Military College (GMC) with a 4.0 grade point average. He was then selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP) in which he attended the University of Arizona, completing his bachelor’s degree with Cum Laude honors in the summer of 1988.
From there he went to Pensacola, Fla. for flight training and earned his wings of gold in October of 1990 from Helicopter Training Squadron HT-18, with the distinction of being on the Commodore’s list.
A career aviation officer, he has served in 10 squadrons, including three while he was an enlisted aviation ordnanceman; Attack Squadron VA-122, VA-56, and VT-21. As an officer he flew with Training Squadron VT-27, HT-18, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron HM-12, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron HM 15 which he flew two separate tours and was selected as the National Helicopter Association (NHA) Maintenance Officer of the Year, Training Squadron VT-10, Training Squadron VT-4 and Helicopter Marine Training Squadron HMT-302.
Commander Fohr’s disassociated sea tours include the USS INCHON (MCS-12) from May 1998 to February 2000, where he served as the Hangar/Flight Deck Officer earning qualifications as Helicopter Control Officer (HCO) and Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway. Most recently, from February 2005 to April 2008, he was responsible for the safety and well-being of a crew of more than 5,000 as the Safety Officer onboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75).
Significant shore duty assignments include Operational Analysis from February 2002 to February 2005 for Commander, Naval Air Forces. He served as a Flight instructor for VT-10 and VT-4, where he completed his graduate education (March 1998) with a Master of Aeronautical Science (MAS) from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) earning graduate distinction honors.
In May 2008, Commander Fohr began his tour as the Executive Officer for the Boston Consortium Naval ROTC, serving as the Associate Professor of Naval Science at Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and as the Deputy Director of Naval Science at Harvard University. Commander Fohr is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit awards.
Commander Fohr is married to Dorene Ann Fohr, from Cumberland Rhode Island, and they have two children. Their daughter Rebecca just graduated from Old Dominion University (ODU), and their son Michael is in his third year of college and is enlisting in the Coast Guard Reserves this summer.
Commander Fohr is the son of David Fohr, a retired police officer, and Gloria Fohr, a proven artist amongst several disciplines.