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Fri, Feb. 21

New Air Force general has Prescott-area roots

Courtesy photo --- Thomas and Joanna Tinsley

Courtesy photo --- Thomas and Joanna Tinsley

Thomas L. Tinsley has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force.

Tinsley, born in Wheatland, Wyo., is the son of Del Tinsley of Casper, Wyo., and Marilyn Tinsley of Chadron, Neb., and grandson of Thelma Tinsley of Guernsey, Wyo.

His wife, Joanna, is the daughter of Adeline Gonzales of Cottonwood, Ariz.

The general is currently serving as the commander of the 3rd Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska.

Tinsley was commissioned in the Air Force in 1984 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He has had various instructor, commander and staff positions in l o c a t ion s such as Holloman Air Force Base, A lamogordo, N.M.; two tours at Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix, Ariz.; Royal Australian Air Force, Williamtown; Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nev.; Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Va.; and Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington. Additionally, this is the general's second tour at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

He is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flight hours on the F-15AD, F/A-18A and F-22A.

The general graduated from Torrington High School, Wyo., and received a bachelor's degree in 1984 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

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