United States Army Lieutenant Colonel • Line of Duty Death: March 13, 2015
On March 13, 2015, United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Todd Douglas Thomson passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a lengthy courageous battle with cancer attributed to exposure to toxins during his military service.
Thomson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in the state of Virginia. When he was 12 years old, his family moved to a 15 acre farm where he learned the important values of work ethic, team work, and family. Thomson worked on the farm, raising cows and hogs, and building fences while spending his free time playing basketball. In high school, Thomson owned and operated his own business where he provided services for local farms. Thomson graduated high school in 1992, where he was a dedicated member of the Loudoun County 4-H and Loudoun Valley FFA chapter. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from West Virginia University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Frostburg State University. While attending West Virginia University, Thomson met his loving wife.
Thomson joined the United States Army Reserves as a Private First Class in 1994, and was accepted into the West Virginia Military Academy where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1997. Thomson felt a strong sense of duty towards his country, so serving in the Army was his way of providing for the country he loved. From the moment he enlisted, Thomson’s primary goal was to lead others and become an officer.
Thomson served as Commander for the 309th Transportation Company from 2003 to 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom In 2008. He served as the primary logistics staff officer for the 11th Psychological Operations Task Force in Baghdad, Iraq where he received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service. He loved working alongside his fellow soldiers and was dedicated to ensuring their safety was of the utmost importance. Thomson was set to deploy to Afghanistan in 2013, but was unable to go due to his cancer diagnosis, and also had to decline a position as a Battalion Commander in 2014 when he and his family were informed that his condition was terminal.
During his extensive career, Thomson held both civilian and military positions in the Federal Government, most recently with the Department of Health and Human Services. Thomson served for over 20 years with the United States Army Reserves, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and earning countless awards and accolades.
Thomson is remembered as a loving and involved father, who loved spending time with his daughters and attending their school and sporting events. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and tending to his vegetable garden every spring. He was a courageous, dedicated and compassionate family man and soldier.
United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Todd Douglas Thomson is survived by his wife of 15 years, Robyn, and daughters, Aynsley and Brynnly.