Thomas L. Baptiste, Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret)

Tom Baptiste grew up in a small farm town in Northern California; put himself through college by pumping gas at a service station each summer and pushing a carpet sweeper through a shopping mall when not in class. Once commissioned a Second Lieutenant, he rose to the highest levels of Air Force leadership. He served our nation for nearly 34 years, moved 20 times, served 15 years overseas and ended his career as the second most senior military advisor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General. A command fighter pilot, he accumulated nearly 3,000 flight hours in the F-4 Phantom II, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and a variety of trainer aircraft.
Throughout that journey, Tom developed life and leadership skills that prepared him for every promotion and every assignment challenge from Command at multiple levels to senior strategy and policy staff positions. Those same skills made him the obvious choice to lead the National Center for Simulation (NCS) following retirement from the Air Force. NCS is a regional trade association and advocacy group that represents nearly 250 Members and the $6 billion modeling and simulation industry in Florida. As the CEO, he speaks passionately about the power of simulation and its importance to the training and readiness of America’s war fighters. He also advocates for simulation technology transfer and spinoff to sectors beyond defense and the importance of Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education and growing the simulation workforce of tomorrow today!

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