Chief Warrant Officer 5 Thomas J. Golden
Command Chief Warrant Officer, Georgia Army National Guard
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Thomas J. Golden enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard in November 1984 as a technical observer in the OV-1 Mohawk located in Winder, Georgia. In 1985 he transferred to the Army Reserve and attended Warrant Officer Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, earning his wings as an Army aviator in 1986. Upon completion of flight training he was assigned to the 145th Medical Detachment, Dobbins Air Reserve Base where he participated in training events, exercises and schools. In August 1990 Golden was mobilized in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm to Fort Bragg and Fort Benning until released from active duty in September 1991.
In August 1992 Golden was the pilot-in-command for the first crew from the 145th Medical Detachment sent to Florida to serve as part of a large multi-agency response force to the victims of Hurricane Andrew. In December 1992 he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Georgia State University. In January 1995 Golden attended the UH-1 Instructor Pilot’s Course, Fort Rucker, Alabama. After graduation he served as an instructor pilot for the 145th Medical Detachment.
In October of 1995 Golden transferred back the Georgia Army National Guard as an instructor pilot for the 148th Medical Company, located in Winder, Georgia. While serving in the 148th Medical Company, Golden participated in several missions and exercises that include the 1996 Summer Olympics, Operation Roving Sands 1997 and the Southeast Bomb Task Force in 1998. In April of 1999 Golden graduated from the Instrument Flight Examiner’s Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
In March of 2002 Golden was part of a small team of aviation specialists chosen to go to the country of Georgia to assist and train aviators and crewmembers of the Georgian Air Force. As a result of this assignment Golden has made scores of trips to the country of Georgia and has been recognized by the Georgia Army National Guard and the government of Georgia for his outstanding contributions to readiness and effectiveness of the UH-1 Squadron of the Georgian Air Force.
In November 2004 Golden completed the UH-60 Aircraft Qualification Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon completion he was reassigned to the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as part of the brigade aviation element. In January 2005 Golden was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served a total of 18 months with the 48th Brigade, which included a year-long tour in Iraq. Upon return from Iraq in April 2006 he attended the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course and was reassigned to the 832nd Medical Company in Winder, Georgia as an instructor pilot and safety officer.
In October 2007 Golden volunteered to return to Iraq to serve as the deputy commander for Joint Forces Headquarters Forward 107th in support of the Country of Georgia’s 1st and 3rd Infantry Brigades located at Forward Operating Base Delta, Al Kut, Iraq. Upon return from this assignment in August 2008, Golden was reassigned to Detachment 1, Company C, 1-185th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Winder, Georgia. In June 2009 he graduated from the UH-60 Black Hawk Instructor Pilots Course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. In November 2010 he graduated with a master's in business from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. One week later he was again mobilized in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq. Golden completed this year-long tour of duty and returned home in November 2011. In December of that year he was selected as the next command chief warrant officer for the Georgia Army National Guard.
Golden has recieved numerous decorations including the Combat Action Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal (with Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Overseas Reserve Training Ribbon, U. S. Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation, Georgia National Guard Meritorious Service Medal and State Active Duty Service Ribbon.
Golden and his wife Sharon L. Golden have one daughter.