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Owen honored for distinguished USAF career

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Roswell native Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Owen will be honored at a military appreciation dinner on March 15 at Lovelace Regional Hospital.

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The event is sponsored by the David Petroleum Corp.

A retired U.S. Air Force officer, Owen now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is vice president of Sustainment Strategies for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co..

His brother, Bill, who lives in Roswell, said that to his knowledge Owen is the only lieutenant general (three stars) who was born and raised in Roswell.

Owen is the son of Robert and Margaret Owen. He was a Cub Scout and an All-Star Little League catcher for the Noon Optimist Club. Owen played basketball at Goddard High School for two years, varsity golf for four years and was president of the student body his senior year in 1974.

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Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Owen was the executive vice president at Dayton Aerospace.

During an Air Force career that spanned more than 34 years, Owen held numerous positions of increasing responsibility. He entered the Air Force in 1978 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Early in his career he worked on B-52 Stratofortress, KC-135 Stratotanker and F-15 Eagle aircraft. He has commanded an aircraft generation squadron maintaining the F-16 Fighting Falcon and OA-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, a maintenance squadron performing intermediate level aircraft and munitions maintenance and a combat logistics support squadron providing F-16 and F-4 Phantom aircraft battle damage repair, supply and transportation support. He was twice assigned to the Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

As a retired lieutenant general, he served as the Air Force Program executive officer for Aircraft and Commander, Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He held the title of major command director of Logistics and Sustainment twice. He was also the commander of Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

Owen holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in political science with a focus in International Relations from Troy University, and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

Owen met his wife, Mary Beth, in early 1979. They were married in June 1981. Mary Beth is a native of Fort Worth and graduated form University of North Texas. The couple have two children, Ashley Beth and T. Jeff.