Rear Admiral Hank Tomlin graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science, Engineering from Vanderbilt University and was commissioned through the NROTC program. After completion of the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., he was assigned as Assistant Supply, Disbursing, and Ship's Services Officer aboard USS Downes (FF-1070) at San Diego and Long Beach, Calif.
In 1978, he joined the staff of the Navy Submarine School in New London, Conn., and served as supply officer. Leaving active duty in 1980, Rear Adm. Tomlin attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Master of Business Administration.
Rear Adm. Tomlin most recently served as Director, Joint Reserve Forces at the Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va. He previously served as Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group; Assistant Director, Supply, Ordnance and Logistics Operations Division (N41R), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy at the Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force; and as Commanding Officer for Fleet Industrial Supply Center Jacksonville 108, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Columbus 209; Naval Air Terminal Norfolk 207, Navy Supply Center Charleston 607, and Navy Supply Center Charleston 307.
He served as the senior U.S. participant in Cooperative Support, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization maritime logistics exercise held in Constanta, Romania, and was a Team Chief of the Theater Logistics Control Center (TLCC) at U.S. European Command during Operation Provide Comfort, the Kurdish relief effort. He served in the Multinational Joint Logistics Cell at Madrid, Spain, during Dynamic Mix, and stood up the Logistics Operations Center at Atsugi, Japan, for Pacific Exercise, or PACEX.
Rear Adm. Tomlin has completed the Reserve Officer Strategy and Policy, Joint Military Operations, and National Security Decision Making Courses at the Naval War College. He has also attended the Reserve Components National Security Course of the National Defense University, the Joint Planning Orientation Course of the Armed Forces Staff College and the LOGTECH Program for Executives in Logistics and Technology at the University of North Carolina.
He currently serves as the Commander, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. Personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards).
He is an active leader with the Boy Scouts of America and serves on a variety of city and community boards. He is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Greenville Class XVIII. Rear Adm. Tomlin is a small business consultant.