Lieutenant Colonel Thomas J. Orlowski

Immediate Past Chairman

Lieutenant Colonel Orlowski’s 20-year Army career included assignments in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), HQ United States Army Europe, HQ U.S. Continental Army Command and the Office of The Adjutant General of the Army. For his service in Vietnam, Colonel Orlowski was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Air Medal. His other awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

Colonel Orlowski earned his MBA at The George Washington University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. He is currently an Information Systems, Management and Marketing consultant to government contracting firms. Since retiring from the Army, Colonel Orlowski has held vice president positions with the American Council on Education, Timeline Financial Accounting Systems, Inc., and the National Association of Manufacturers.

His public service includes co-founding Sailors Onboard 4 Soldiers, a non-profit corporation dedicated to teaching sailing to PTSD and other stress-related disorder sufferers. He is also the President and Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division Monuments Association. This non-profit organization oversees and, through an agreement with The American Battle Monuments Commission (Europe), pays for the annual maintenance of the 1st Division’s 11 WWI and WWII battle monuments in locations throughout Europe from Omaha Beach to Cheb in the Czech Republic.

In addition, Colonel Orlowski is the 26th Infantry Regiment’s representative on the 1st Infantry Division’s Officer Dinner Committee. Previously, he served as the secretary of the Dinner Committee for 10 years. The annual Officers Dinner is an annual event exclusively for officers who served in combat with the Big Red One. Colonel Orlowski has also served two terms on the Society of the 1st Infantry Division’s Board of Directors.

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