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Fri, Mar 15

Chattanooga Convention Center

32nd Annual CAVC Awards Banquet

Time & Location
Mar 15, 6:00 PM 

Chattanooga Convention Center
1 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Guest Speaker: TDVS Commissioner Tommy H. Baker

Maj. Gen. Tommy H. Baker is the Commissioner for Tennessee’s Department of Veteran Services (TDVS). He has served as the Commissioner, of TDVS, since December of 2020. As Commissioner, he manages the agency’s operations, coordinates mission execution, and oversees 104 state employees. Maj. Gen. Baker’s mission is to passionately serve Veterans of all eras, their families, and their dependents through passionate advocacy, and informative outreach, and ensure they have an honorable final resting place.

Maj. Gen. Baker retired from the Tennessee National Guard, with 41 years of service, as the Deputy Commander to the Adjutant General. He was responsible for overseeing and administering over 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen in the Tennessee National Guard. In addition, Maj. Gen. Baker was responsible for synchronizing all state and interagency entities within the military department including state administrative services, family support programs, the State Guard, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and the Volunteer Challenge Academy.

Maj. Gen. Baker started his career as an enlisted soldier, 19D Cavalry Scout in Troop B, 230th Cavalry Troop, in December 1980. After serving four years, he entered the Tennessee Military Academy and was commissioned as an Armor officer in 1985. Maj. Gen. Baker has served as both a Cavalry Troop and Armor Company Commander. Additionally, he has served in various Maintenance and Logistics Officer Command and staff assignments within the Tennessee Army National Guard. Maj. Gen. Baker served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Army from 2014- 2018 at Joint Force Headquarters-Tennessee in Nashville, TN. As the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Maj. Gen. Baker was the Army Commander charged with the oversight and administration of the training, logistics, and personnel operations for the Tennessee Army National Guard.


Maj. Gen. Baker is a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration. He received his Master’s in Business Administration and Military Management from Touro University in 2003. In addition, Maj. Gen. Baker is a 2011 graduate of the United States Army War College with a Master’s in Strategic Studies in National Defense Policy. He deployed to Kuwait in 2004 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom III, serving as the Theater Combat Service Support Automation Management Officer, and again in 2008 as the Commander of the 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Q-West, Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Baker has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Tennessee Distinguished Service Medal, to name just a few.

Dinner includes:

Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken with Citrus Herb jus topped with Oven Roasted Lemon Slices, Sauteed Green Beans & Carrot Medley, Rosemary Herb Roasted Potatoes, rolls, Chattanooga Classic Cheesecake Chocolate Ganache & Strawberries, Water, Coffee & Tea.    A Cash Bar will be available.

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