Deputy Commander

Lieutenant General Thomas A. Bussiere

Lt. Gen. Bussiere is the Deputy Commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.


Today, USSTRATCOM is comprised of 150,000 combat-ready Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Department of Defense civilians who operate globally to provide strategic deterrence and a decisive response should deterrence fail.  The Command oversees the nation’s Strategic Forces, Command and Control enterprise, and military capabilities vital to the protection of our national interests.  The Command is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces and military capabilities vital to the protection of our national interests and extended deterrence commitments to our Allies.


Prior to his current assignment, Lt. Gen. Bussiere served as Commander, Alaskan Command, United States Northern Command; Commander, Eleventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and Commander, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  He previously held positions in various command and staff positions, including Commander of the 325th and 13th Bomb Squadrons, the 509th Operations Group, and 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri; and the Joint Staff Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense, and Current Operations.  He also served as Commander, Eighth Air Force, Commander, Joint Functional Component for Global Strike, U.S. Stratcom, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.


Lt. Gen. Bussiere is a 1985 distinguished graduate of Air Force ROTC from Norwich University where he earned a degree in Business Management.  He is also a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the U.S. Army War College Advanced Strategic Arts Program.


Lt. Gen. Bussiere is a command pilot with more than 3,400 hours in the T-38, F-15C, B-1B, B-2A, and F-22.  He led F-15C combat missions during operations Southern Watch and Vigilant Warrior and B-2 combat missions during operations Allied Force and Iraqi Freedom.


(Current as of June 2020)