Col. Thomas F. Albrecht is the Group Commander, 433rd Maintenance Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He leads over 500 technicians in 25 Air Force specialty codes and is responsible for executing a 2,000 flying hour program for 8 C-5M aircraft valued at over $1.4 billion. He ensures safe aircraft launch, recovery, servicing, maintenance, and inspections. Additionally, Col. Albrecht leads sortie production necessary to support real world, combat coded and humanitarian mission taskings. He is directly responsible for the sortie production necessary to train over 200 C-5M aircrew yearly for the U.S. Air Force. Col. Albrecht also manages an annual budget of approximately $20 million as well as facilities valued at $300 million. He is the senior maintenance advisor responsible for maintaining fleet health for the 433rd Airlift Wing as well as ensuring the daily flying mission is met.

Before assuming command of the 433rd Maintenance Group, Col. Albrect served as Chief, Operations Division, Force Generation Center (FGC), Robins Air Force Base (AFB), Ga. He oversaw command and control (C2) operations for all Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) off-station training missions and unique missions in execution. He also served as the AFRC Crisis Action Team (CAT) Director, managing all aspects of CAT operations. Col. Albrecht managed a team of 26 personnel, running C2 operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, supporting nearly 70,000 Air Force Reservists worldwide.

Col. Albrecht entered Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas in January 1987 and later attended Aircraft Armament Training at Lowry AFB, Colo. After graduating in June 1987, he was assigned to Ellsworth AFB, S.D. to load nuclear munitions on the B-1 Bomber. In November 1988, he transferred from active duty to the Air National Guard as a mechanic on the C-5A aircraft at Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANGB), N.Y. He became a Flying Crew Chief Evaluator with over 2,500 flying hours in the C-5A, and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant before ending his enlistment in May 2001.

In June 2001, Col Albrecht received his commission at the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tenn. and became a Maintenance Officer at Stewart ANGB, N.Y. In June 2007, he transitioned to be a Staff Officer at United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Headquarters, Tampa, Fla. He later attended Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in residence and after graduating, in July 2014 he was selected as Commander, 442d Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo. In January 2015, Col. Albrecht accepted an assignment as a Battle Captain for the Joint Staff Logistics Directorate at the Pentagon. 


2000 Bachelor of Science, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, N.J.
2001 Academy of Military Science, Knoxville, Tenn.
2002 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Munitions Accountable Systems Officer, Shepard AFB, Texas
2009 Junior Officer Leadership Development Seminar, Orlando, F.L.
2011 Master of Business Administration in Project Management, Grantham University, Mo.
2014 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Squadron Commander’s Course, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga.
2016 Contingency Wartime Planning Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Global Mobility Air & Space Ops Course, Expeditionary Operations School, Scott AFB, Ill.
2017 Joint and Combined Warfighter School - Hybrid, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va.
2019 Leadership Development Course for Squadron Command, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2020 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence


1. January 1987 – March 1987, Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Texas
2. March 1987 – June 1987, Munitions Systems Technical Training, Lowry AFB, Colo.
3. July 1987 – November 1988, Nuclear Weapons Loading Technician, 28th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
4. Nov 1988 – May 2001, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, 105th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANGB), N.Y.
     (May 2001 – June 2001, Student, Officer Training, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Knoxville, Tenn.)
5.June 2001 – June 2007, Maintenance Operations Officer (MOO), 105th Maintenance Squadron (MXS),Stewart ANGB, N.Y.
     (August 2004 – December 2004, MOO, Moron Air Base (AB), Spain as a First Lieutenant)
     (August 2006 – December 2006, MOO, Al Mubarak AB, Kuwait as a Captain)
6.June 2007 – July 2014, CCJ4-O, Headquarters, United States Central Command Logistics Directorate, MacDill AFB, Fla.
     (December 2011 – January 2012, Planner, New Kabul Compound, Afghanistan as a Major)
     (November 2012 – May 2013, MOO, Manas, Kyrgyzstan as a Major)
     (August 2013 – June 2014, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.)
7.July 2014 – December 2014, Commander, 442d MXS, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
8.January 2015 – August 2016, Battle Captain, Joint Staff Logistics Directorate, National Military Command Center, Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
9.August 2016 – September 2022, Chief, Battle Watch, Force Generation Center (FGC), Robins AFB, Ga.
     (December 2019 – April 2020, Interim Chief, Forces Division, FGC, Robins AFB, Ga.)
     (February 2022 – September 2022, Interim Chief, Systems Division, FGC, Robins AFB, Ga.)
10. October 2022 – February 2024, Chief, Operations Division, Force Generation Center (FGC), Robins AFB, Ga.
11. March 2024 – Present, Commander, 433rd Maintenance Group, 433rd Airlift Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas 


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air and Space Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze star


Airman -  May 30, 1987
Airman First Class - March 30, 1988
Senior Airman - Aug. 8, 1989
Sergeant - Aug. - 9, 1990
Staff Sergeant - Sept. 23, 1991
Technical Sergeant - Nov. 9, 1995
Master Sergeant - Oct. 10, 2000
Second Lieutenant - June 22, 2001
First Lieutenant - June 22, 2003
Captain - June 22, 2005
Major - April 22, 2011
Lieutenant Colonel - Aug. 24, 2017
Colonel - Oct. 19, 2022