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USAF Colonel Presents Energy's Link to National Security

Colonel Thomas Sexton
Colonel Thomas Sexton
4/13/2012 —

Colonel Thomas Sexton, United States Air Force, retired, presented his program, Energy and its National Security Implications at Penn State DuBois on Friday.  Sexton retired from the Air Force in 2007, and is now the Air Force Representative for the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  In his current role, he is also the Director of Aerospace Concepts and Doctrine, and Instructor for the Energy and National Security Elective at the Army War College.


Hosted by the Greater Dubois Area Chamber Of Commerce, Sexton's presentation explored the nation's use of energy and the implications it has upon national security.  He said that the ways in which we produce and consume energy must drastically change, and that those changes should have occurred decades ago.  Sexton called the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973-1974 a wakeup call, but said that after nearly 40 years, the country is no closer to finding alternatives to petroleum. His presentation begs the question, "Can we survive an interruption in the flow of oil from the Middle East to our shores?"   Speculation as to what the results of such an event could be, Sexton implies, can be quite alarming. 


Sexton holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Aerospace Science from the Embry-Riddle Aero University in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In 1999, Colonel Sexton got a master’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. In 2008, Colonel Sexton earned a master's in Military Arts and Sciences in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  He joined the Air Force in September of 1987 and served as a mission pilot. He also worked under United States Special Operations Command as an Air Action Officer at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Sexton assumed the role of Director of Operations and Commander of the 56th  Rescue Squadron in Nas Keflavik, Iceland in January 2003. Just before taking his current position at the Army War College, Sexton served with the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara where he was Special Operations Command in Europe.


Sexton is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and numerous other awards for his service to the United States.


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