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NASHVILLE (December 7) — Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Major General Tommy H. Baker of Huntingdon as the interim commissioner for the Department of Veterans Services. Former …
NASHVILLE (December 7) — Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Major General Tommy H. Baker of Huntingdon as the interim commissioner for the Department of Veterans Services. Former commissioner Courtney Rogers will return to the private sector.
“Gen. Baker is a committed public servant and I thank him for his willingness to lead the Department of Veterans Services during this critical time for our state,” said Gov. Lee.
Gen. Baker previously served as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Tennessee National Guard (TNG) with the responsibility to assist the adjutant general in the oversight and administration of over 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen in the TNG.
Baker has had a long career serving the State of Tennessee. He enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard on December 17, 1980, as a Calvary Scout at Troop B, 230th Calvary in Huntingdon, where he served as an enlisted soldier until June 1984. Upon receiving his commission from the Tennessee Military Academy in 1985, Baker served as a cavalry and armor platoon leader and commander, a maintenance and logistics officer, and in various other commands and staff assignments within the Tennessee Army National Guard. Before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Baker served as the J-4, Director of Logistics, responsible for the logistics and maintenance operations of the entire Tennessee Army National Guard.
Baker is also a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. He received his master’s degree in Business Administration specializing in Military Management from Touro University, and is a 2011 graduate of the United States Army War College with a master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
Baker deployed to Kuwait in 2004 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the 230th Area Support Group, serving as the Theater Combat Service Support Automation Management Officer, and again in 2008 as the Commander of the 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Q-West, Iraq.