Rear Admiral Thomas W. Luscher, a native of Youngstown, New York, is a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was designated a naval aviator in January 1989 at NAS Kingsville, Texas, where he remained as a flight instructor until reporting to Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 for initial training in the F-14 Tomcat in 1991.
He served with the VF-143 Pukin’ Dogs aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) and Strike Weapons and Tactics School Atlantic before transitioning to the Full Time Support officer community, where he completed operational tours in VR-53 and VR-52, and commanded VR-1 Starlifters, the Secretary of the Navy’s Executive Transport squadron reporting to commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing.
Luscher’s staff and shore assignments include air logistics program manager for commander, Naval Air Force Reserve; action officer for chief of staff, Navy Enterprise, OPNAV N09X; commanding officer of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans; and executive assistant to the chief of Navy Reserve, OPNAV N095.
He holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and has accumulated over 4,500 flight hours in a variety of naval aircraft. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight award), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.