Department of Aviation

Earle Thompson

Earle Thompson

UAS Program Manager, Lecturer and Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired

A career Air Force officer with 36 years of service, Colonel Thompson served as a fighter pilot in the A-10, A-37B and the F-16, academic instructor, instructor pilot, assistant operations officer and squadron commander.He has held a number of staff positions at the Wing, Numbered Air Force, Headquarters Air Force, and COCOM levels to include Wing Chief of Training, Inspector General Inspector and instructor pilot, Deputy Director of Air Combat Command’s Directorate of Analysis and L2, Current Air Operations Chief and Joint Operations Center Chief of Operations at USCENTCOM and Executive Director of Air Force Safety at Headquarters Air Force in the Pentagon.

Earle held various positions in operations, safety, systems acquisition, and strategic planning, and has extensive international experience working in Southwest Asia, Europe, and South America.  He currently teaches Air Traffic Control and Aerodynamics in the Aviation Management program.  Colonel Thompson is the lead for the HCOB in the on-going UAS Center of Excellence efforts with the FAA in the ASSURE coalition of universities.  He was the safety subject matter expert in an Auburn led study of Safety of UASs in the National Airspace funded by an FAA grant.

Last Updated: December 03, 2018