Thomas A. Heaney Jr.

Associate Professor College of Maritime Operational Warfare
Col., U.S. Army, Retired
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Retired Army Col. Heaney served in infantry and staff positions in tactical and operational headquarters for 30 years, commanding at company, battalion and brigade levels. He served as the deputy commanding officer (DCO), U.S. Army South and as the DCO-West, U.S. Army Recruiting Command. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island, the Infantry Officer’s basic and advance courses, the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College (NWC). He has two master‘s degrees from Central Michigan University and NWC. Col. Heaney retired in June 2011 and is an associate professor in the Maritime Operational Planner’s Course, College of Maritime Operational Warfare.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • COIN
  • HA/DR
  • Homeland Security
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Latin America
  • Military Planning
  • Security Cooperation
  • Special Operations

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor, Maritime Operational Planners Course

Faculty lead for Operational Design and Elements, Operational design, and Course of Action Development in the MOPC program of instruction.

Operations Specialist, COSL Assist and Assess Team

Provided direct support to the U.S. Navy Maritime Operation Centers (MOC) at Navy Service component and numbered fleet commands. Conducted tailored on-site educational and training visits to improve MOC processes and procedures to improve operational level command and control.

Senior Army Adviser to the U.S. Naval War College

Responsible for leading and providing all administrative support the U.S. Army faculty and students assigned to the U.S. Naval War College. Also, taught Joint Military Operations to the ILE and SLE courses at the U.S. Naval War College.

Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Command

Responsible for leading U.S. Army Recruiting for the Western United States; the recruiting mission cover accessions for all U.S. Army Military Occupation Specialties across the force.

Deputy Commander, Operation U.S. Army South

Responsible for leading all of the commands combined and joint operations and exercises in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean for USSOUTHCOM's land component, U.S. Army South (USARSO).


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security Strategy

M.B.A., Central Michigan University, Business Administration

B.A., University of Rhode Island, History

Awards and Decorations

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit
Three Awards

Meritorious Service Medal
Seven Awards

Army Commendation Medal

Army Achievement Medal
Three Awards

Other Honors

Inductee, 2019 University of Rhode Island ROTC Hall of Fame

University of Rhode Island ROTC Alumni Chapter

External Memberships and Associations

Zoning Board Middletown Rhode Island
Board Member

University of Rhode Island ROTC Alumni Chapter
President (Emeritus)

Middletown High School Alumni Association, Middletown, Rhode Island

Gold Star Teens Sailing Adventures Newport, Rhode Island
Support Staff

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