Lieutenant General Thomas L. “Stash” Conant, USMC (Retired) has been appointed as our next National Commander
The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) is honored to announce that
Lieutenant General Thomas L. “Stash” Conant, USMC (Retired) has been
appointed as our next National Commander.
He is originally from Jackson, Michigan, and a 1975 graduate of Central
Michigan University (BSBA) and The Platoon Leaders Course. He graduated
from The Basic School in 1976 and was subsequently designated a Naval
Aviator in 1977. He has a Masters of Military Studies (with Honors) in Defense
Management (Program and Acquisition Management) from American Military
Lieutenant General Conant brings with him over 43 years of Marine Corps’
experience, serving in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings, at all
levels, and as an AH-1J/T/W/Z and UH-1N Assault Support Helicopter Pilot.
He has commanded Marine Light Attack Squadron 167; Marine Aircraft
Group 36; and served as Commanding General of Training Command;
Deputy Commanding General of Training and Education Command and
Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. His last active duty billet
was serving as the Deputy Commander, United States Pacific Command
His staff duties have included Rotary Wing Monitor Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC); Aide-de-Camp Commanding General Marine Forces Atlantic/II Marine Expeditionary Force; Faculty Advisor, USMC Command and Staff College; Joint Chiefs of Staff, J8; and Branch Head Aviation Plans, Programs, and Budget, Department of Aviation.
His staff tours comprised Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Department of Aviation, HQMC; Assistant Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, HQMC; and Director, Capabilities Development Directorate, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Director for Strategic Planning and Policy (J5), U.S. Pacific Command.
Conant participated in numerous operations overseas, including noncombatant evacuation operations in Liberia (Operation Sharp Edge), contingency operations in Haiti (Operation Support Democracy) and peacekeeping operations in Somalia (Operation Restore Hope and UNOSOM) and supported combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a graduate of the USMC Amphibious Warfare School, USMC Command and Staff College, and Marine Corps War College.
After his retirement in 2014, he founded TLC Consulting, LLC, where he supported clients in the defense industry with a focus in the Asia Pacific region. He then served as the Vice President, Marine Corps Programs, Government Affairs of Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2017-2019, overseeing focused engagement and coordination between Lockheed Martin and U.S. Marine Corps Senior Leadership Teams.
Lieutenant General Conant also serves on the Board of Trustees for Marine Corps University Foundation, Board Trustees for American Public University System, Board of Advisors for Pacific Aviation Museum, Board of Advisors for National Naval Aviation Museum, and Board of Advisors for Peace Winds America.
He credits his wife of 49 years, Beverly, as the rock of the family and key to all of his successes. They have two kids, Andy and Kevin, two daughters-in-law, and two amazing grandkids.