Captain Thomas Korsmo is a native from Las Cruces, N.M., and is the son of Commander Thomas B. Korsmo (USN, Ret.) and Joanne Korsmo.
He received a B.A. in History from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Military Operational Arts and Sciences from the Air Command and Staff College.
He was commissioned from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., on July 5, 1996, and winged as a Naval Flight Officer on Sept. 27, 1997.
Prior to his selection to become the commanding officer of Naval Air Station, Kingsville, CAPT Korsmo was assigned to BUPERS-3 as the Head Officer Community Manager.
At sea, he was assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 embarked aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) supporting Operation Southern Watch and transitioned to USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to support Operation Southern Watch and opening strikes in Operation Enduring Freedom.
As a department head with VAQ-142, “The Grey Wolves”, he served as Administration Officer, Logistics Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer. During that tour, the squadron deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, flying combat missions to support U.S. and Coalition ground forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He served as the Executive officer and Commanding officer of “The Patriots” of VAQ-140. During that tour, he deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and oversaw the squadron transition to the EA-18G Growler aircraft.
His shore tours include, NORAD Deputy Chief for Maritime Warning, Director of Integrated Air Defense System Training at Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic, and as a flight instructor with the “Vikings” of VAQ-129, and Head of Officer Performance and Separations (PERS-834) at Navy Personnel Command.
CAPT Korsmo has accumulated 2,400 flight hours, including 1,000 hours of combat time and 307 arrested landings. His awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three), Strike/Flight Air Medals (Eleven), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (four, one Combat “V”), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (two) and various unit and campaign awards.
He assumed command of NAS Kingsville on July 2, 2020.