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Deputy commander promoted to brigadier general
BG Thomas Vandal - photo by U.S. Army photo
Thomas S. Vandal, the 3rd Infantry Division’s deputy commanding general of support, received his first star.
On Wednesday, Vandal was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.
Vandal was pinned with the one-star insignia by his wife, Doreen, and the division’s commanding officer, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, at Fort Stewart’s Marne Garden.
During the ceremony, Cucolo jokingly described Vandal and his dedication to the Army.
“Sometimes he can give you that look, with his thick neck,” Cucolo said. “But seriously, he is a gentle and  kind soul, and his professional reputation is solid.”
Vandal’s family came from Rhode Island to congratulate him; among those  in attendance were sons Nicholas, Eric and Steven.  Each attends a service academy.
During the ceremony, each presented their father with a gift: a general’s belt, a pistol and a flag.
Vandal thanked all those who helped him get to this point.
“This ceremony is not about me, it’s about all the people who supported me and allowed me to live out my dreams of being a soldier,” he said.
“Just like you, I am surprised to be here,” he added with a smile.
Vandal graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1982, where he earned a commission in field artillery.  Since then, he has served as the commanding officer of various battalions. His most recent assignment was as the commander of the operations group at the Joint Multi-National Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.
He holds master’s degrees from the National War College and Webster University. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Commendation Medal.
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