Colonel Thomas A. Banner was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Tennessee. He attended the US Army Quartermaster Basic Course. He was detailed into Armor and attended the Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, followed by an assignment to the 2nd Armor Division, Fort Hood, Texas. After completing his detail, he began his distinguished career as a Quartermaster Logistician. Colonel Banner served as a Commissary Officer, Accountable Property Officer, Eighth Army Food Advisor, Project Officer in the Doctrine Review, Literature and Plans Department of the Quartermaster School. He was selected to command the 1st Supply and Transport Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
His senior staff assignments included the Office of the Chief of Research and
Development, Republic of Vietnam Quartermaster Department, Headquarters, Defense
Logistics Agency and as the first C-4 of the Combined Field Army (ROK/US). He was the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the Troop Support Agency and Chief of Staff and Deputy Post Commander, US Army Quartermaster Center and Fort Lee.
He retired with 30 years of commissioned service and was immediately recalled to active duty as the Fort Lee Garrison Commander. Colonel Banner reverted to retired status on 1October 1987 with more than 34 years of service. During his career he served in England, Vietnam and two tours in the Republic of Korea.