Colonel Thomas Pike serves as the Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (Region II). He grew up in New York City and joined the military in 1986 during his Freshman year at George Washington University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from George Washington University and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College. He was a member of the Simultaneous Membership Program and served with the 29th Infantry Division, Maryland National Guard. He has deployed five times to the Balkans and Afghanistan and has held leadership positions at various levels of the Army from Company to Brigade Command.
While serving as a company commander, he led Counterintelligence Force Protection Source Operations (CFSO) in the Balkans. He spent several years serving in the Joint Staff (CJCS) and the National Military Command Center (NMCC) as an Action Officer in preparation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a Fellow at the U.S. Army War College and then served as a Senior Advisor with the Office of the Director for National Intelligence. Colonel Pike has deployed to Afghanistan three times, twice as a unit leader and once as the Director for HUMINT and Counterintelligence at ISAF/RS Headquarters.
Upon his redeployment from Afghanistan, Colonel Pike took command of the Army’s HUMINT brigade, Army Operations Group where he conducted global operations in support of collection requirements for the Army and the Combatant Commands. He completed this command to serve as the Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Colonel Pike’s awards include the Legion of Merit (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Combat Action Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, the British Order of St. John and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Gold.