Tommy H. Baker is the Interim Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Veterans Services and was previously the Deputy Adjutant General for the Tennessee National Guard. He provides leadership, assistance and shared responsibility with the Adjutant General for the training and supervision of 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen in the Tennessee National Guard.
Major General Baker has served as a Cavalry and Armor Officer, Maintenance and Logistics Officer and in various command and staff assignments within the Tennessee Army National Guard. Most recently, Major General Baker served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Army charged with the oversight, training and readiness for the 9,500 member Tennessee Army National Guard. Prior to that he was the J-4 for Joint Force Headquarters-Tennessee. As the J-4, MG Baker was responsible for the Logistics and Maintenance operations for the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard.
Major General Baker was commissioned in 1985 from Tennessee Military Academy and is a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration. He received his Masters Degree in Business Administration Military Management from Touro University in 2003, and is a 2011 graduate of the United States Army War College with a Masters in Strategic Studies.
He deployed to Kuwait in 2004 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom III 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.
His awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Tommy’s interests and hobbies are centered on his family, spending time outdoors and his faith. He is married to Camille who is a consultant for Head Start Programs in the Southeast Region. He and Camille have two adult children, Hillari, Cody and their daughter in law Niti. Hillari is an international school teacher currently teaching first grade in London, England. CPT Cody Baker is a graduate of the US Army’s helicopter flight school and is currently Commander of B Company, 1-230th Aviation Regiment in Jackson, Tn. Niti is a Physician Assistant who works at her family clinic in Dresden, Tn.