LtCol Thomas B. D. Lee graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in December of 2001, earning his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After completion of The Basic School and Naval Flight Training, he reported to VMFAT-101, Miramar, California for F/A-18 Hornet training.
LtCol Lee completed F/A-18 Hornet training in 2005 and reported to VMFA(AW)-533 where he served in various assignments and deployed once to Al Asad, Iraq in 2006 and Iwakuni, Japan in 2008.
In December of 2008, LtCol Lee returned to VMFAT-101 for duties as an F/A-18 instructor and graduated from the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course in October of 2011.
In January of 2012, LtCol Lee reported to VMFA(AW)-224 as the WTI and was promoted to Major. During this assignment, LtCol Lee deployed twice to Iwakuni, once in 2012 and once in 2014. LtCol Lee attended the Marine Division Tactics Course and fulfilled the Pilot Training Officer, Operations Officer, and Maintenance Officer positions while assigned to VMFA(AW)-224.
In April of 2015, LtCol Lee reported to the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. During this tour, LtCol Lee was the F/A-18 Division academics representative for one year and the F/A-18 Division Head for two years and instructed six Weapons and Tactics Instructor courses.
In June of 2018, LtCol Lee reported to Headquarters United States Marine Corps Aviation and assumed the duties as the Tactical Air Control Party / Joint Fires Support, Contracted Air Services, Light Attack Continued Experimentation, and F-5 adversary action officer.
In July of 2019, LtCol Lee reported to MAG-11 and has maintained the position as the Personnel Supply Detachment and Headquarters Commanding Officer until assuming the duties as the VMFA-232 Commanding Officer.
LtCol Lee holds qualifications in the F/A-18 with over 2600 hours flown in the F/A-18 including 370 hours in combat. His decorations include the Air Medal (with numeral 6), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with 2 gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with 2 gold stars), and various unit and campaign awards.