Nov. 29, 1996
Weiss Promoted in Army Reserve
A UW-River Falls employee was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve at a ceremony at Fort Snelling, Minn.
Thomas Weiss, the UW-RF director of purchasing services, has been employed at the university since 1984. He manages purchasing, postal services and risk management.
He has completed 26 years in the army, with two years of active duty and 24 years in the reserve. Weiss is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 88th Regional Support Command, where he is responsible for all supply, maintenance, transportation and services. The RSC includes 27,000 soldiers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Illionis, and Indiana. Weiss previously commanded the 397th Engineering Battalion in Eau Claire, Wis.
Weiss attributes his longevity in the Army Reserve to various reasons, foremost his sense of patriotism and obligation to his country. He also credits the reserve for providing him skills that are valuable in his civilian occupation.
"I feel the reserve has been a real growth experience for me and has heightened skills I use every day on the job, such as problem-solving abilities."
He also enjoys the travel opportunities the reserve creates, and has been to Europe, Central America, and all over the United States.
Accompanying Weiss at the promotion ceremony were his wife Mary, his father John of Springfield, Minn., and son Jeremy, who is a sophomore at UW-RF.
Weiss holds a master's degree from UW-RF in supervision and leadership and resides in River Falls with his wife Mary and children. They include Thomas, who is a first lieutent in the U.S. Army; Rachael, a senior at the College of St. Benedict, and Joshua, who is a sophomore at River Falls High School.