Thomas F. Hall is native of Barnsdall, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University as an engineering major, where he made the Dean's list and played freshman baseball before receiving appointments to both the Air Force and Naval Academies. He chose the Naval Academy and entered Annapolis in July 1959 where he graduated with top honors. He received his "Wings of Gold" as a Naval Aviator in 1964, establishing flight and academic records in his training squadrons and graduated at the top of his class.
Hall was deployed to Vietnam with Patrol Squadron Eight, flying the P-3 Orion submarine hunter after graduation. While in this squadron he flew many combat missions resulting in numerous decorations including the Air Medal. Hall's career in Naval Aviation covered 33 years and took him to every corner of the globe. He commanded squadrons, Naval Air Stations NATO commands and 25 percent of the entire Navy, when he finished his career as Commander of the Naval Reserve.
During his career he acquired a Master's Degree from George Washington University, graduated from the Naval War College with honors, graduated the National War College with distinction, was assigned as a Senior Fellow in the prestigious Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group and attended Harvard in the National Security Decision Forum. Tom was selected for Flag Rank in 1988. When he retired as a Two Star Admiral in 1996, he was one of only 18 officers in his class of 890 from Annapolis to achieve Flag Rank. Tom is now the Chief Operating Officer of the Naval Reserve Association in Alexandria, Virginia.