LtCol Tommy Waller swore into the Marine Corps on his 18th birthday in 1998, the recipient of an NROTC scholarship to Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. He graduated and was commissioned on 18 May 2002 after which he attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, Quantico, VA.
In early 2003, he reported to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines where he served as Platoon Commander, Security Element, Boat Company, 22D MEU(SOC) and deployed to the Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan as Weapons Platoon Commander/FiST Leader.
In 2005, He made a second deployment with B 1/6 to Al Fallujah, Iraq, where he served as the Company Executive Officer.
Upon returning from his second combat deployment with 1/6, he screened for and was selected to join 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, where he immediately returned to combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, and serving as a Reconnaissance Platoon Commander for 2d Recon throughout 2006 to early 2007.
In 2007, he accepted order to Officer Candidates School, Quantico, VA where he served in numerous billets ranging from Training Support Platoon Commander, to Motor Transport Officer, to Communications Officer, to Staff Platoon Commander. While in Quantico, he also attended and completed the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School and was the first recipient of the Captain Robert M. Secher Scholarship to the Wharton School of Business where he completed an executive education course on high stakes negotiations.
In 2009, he left Active Duty, joining the Marine Corps Reserves’ 3d Force Reconnaissance Company, where he served as both a Platoon Commander and as the Operations Officer. While serving with 3d Force Recon Co, he deployed as Operations Officer, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Africa 12.2 and Team Leader, Maritime Security Force Assistance (MSFA) Team, conducting numerous missions on the Continent of Africa in 2012.
In late 2012, he joined the G-3/5 section of 4th Marine Division, where he conducted an active duty tour to assist in the planning of the reserve component’s first iteration of the Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) in 2013. While serving in the Division staff he also led a team of reconnaissance and intelligence Marines to Belize to conduct a counter narcotics / counter terrorism mission (CNT 1641). In late 2013 he was brought onto another set of active duty orders by Marine Forces Reserve to serve as the MARFORRES lead planner for ITX 4-14. During his time on the Division Staff, he also attended and completed the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
In October 2014, he rotated back to 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company where he served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer until December 2017 when he transferred to the 4th MARDIV G-3/5 staff.
During his tenure on the Division Staff, LtCol Waller was also cross assigned to serve as a member of the U.S. Air Force’s Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF).
LtCol Waller was selected to Command 3d Force Reconnaissance Company and took command in July 2019.