Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma National Guard’s top general was recognized for his dedicated service as a member of Oklahoma’s law enforcement community.
Maj. General Michael C. Thompson, the adjutant general for Oklahoma was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame during a ceremony Jan. 5, at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
In addition to his induction, Thompson received the Bill Tilghman Public Service Award. This award is given to individuals who have, during his or her service to the State of Oklahoma, advanced the profession of Law Enforcement by acts of courage, bravery, sacrifice and support for the rule of law in Oklahoma.
Along with Thompson, Mike Huff, David Real and M. Gayle Wells were also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Lori Fullbright, of NewsOn6 in Tulsa, was the master of ceremonies and presented the awards. Fullbright said, “General Thompson is an example of the finest public servant that Oklahoma has ever had to offer.”
Thompson began his career as a public servant with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections before joining the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1990. He rose through the ranks of the Highway Patrol to become the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety where he served as adviser to the governor on all matters related to law enforcement and public safety for the state.
“In life it’s not where you start but where you finish," said Thompson. "I had some of the best experiences of my life wearing that brown uniform.”
Throughout his law enforcement career, Thompson also served as a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. As a traditional Guardsman, he deployed to Kuwait and Iraq from 2002 to 2003 and again to Iraq in 2008.
Among his many military positions, Thompson has served as an Infantry Company and Battalion Commander; Brigade Commander of 90th Troop Command; and Assistant Adjutant General (Army).
In late 2017, Thompson retired from the Department of Public Safety to accept the position of Adjutant General for Oklahoma. In December 2018, Governor-elect Kevin Stitt reappointed him as the Adjutant General. As the Adjutant General, he has the responsibility for oversight of training and equipping 9,500 Soldiers and Airmen of the Oklahoma Air and Army National Guard.