Thomas William Gwaltney

November 7, 1941March 15, 2020

Thomas William Gwaltney, of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away on March 15, 2020. He was born on November 7, 1941 to Rueben and Virginia Gwaltney.

He is survived by his loving wife Helen Gwaltney, son, Thomas W. Gwaltney Jr. (Neia) of Coral Springs, FL.; daughters, Katrina Magdon (Stan) of Montgomery, AL., Janice Pettit (Bret) of Lawrenceville, GA.; grandchildren Jenna Booth (Jacob), Thomas Gwaltney III (Ozge), Trey Magdon, Ashley Pettit, and Andrew Pettit.

Tom retired from the Air Force in 1991 after 32 years of distinguish service as Command Chief Master Sergeant including service with the Presidential Airlift Support Squadron. After his retirement, Tom remained active continuing to serve on boards and in leadership positions within the Air Force most notably with more than 30 years on the Armed Forces Communication and Electronic Association. Additional organizations include the Air Force Association, Wright Flyers of Montgomery, Air University Foundation and the Maxwell-Gunter Chiefs Group. He was also active within the community as a member of the St Bede’s Catholic Church, the Montgomery Kiwanis Club, and the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Arrangements for a funeral mass will be announced at a later date to coordinate with burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers Brigadier General (Ret) John Weber, Paul LaFlame, Ed Ryglewicz, Bruce Damrow.

Pallbearers Thomas Gwaltney III, Trey Magdon, Andrew Pettit, Bruce Barton, Jack Galassini, James (Skip) Dotherow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his honor to St. Bede Catholic Church Campus Scholarship Fund. 3870 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL., 36109


  • Thomas W. Gwaltney III, Active Pallbearer
  • Trey Magdon, Active Pallbearer
  • Andrew Pettit, Active Pallbearer
  • Brigadier General (Ret) John Weber , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ed Ryglewicz, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Paul LaFlame, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bruce Damrow, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bruce Barton, Active Pallbearer
  • Jack Galassini, Active Pallbearer
  • James (Skip) Dotherow, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Thomas William Gwaltney

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John Weber

March 26, 2020

The bond that formed between Chief Tom Gwaltney and me at the Computer Systems Division in the late 1980’s was far closer than any other I experienced in my entire career. He was the model Senior Enlisted Advisor / Command Chief Master Sergeant in leading, mentoring, and supporting the thousands of enlisted men and women at our Headquarters at Gunter AFB and four assigned centers - three of them at bases far from Gunter. I had the greatest respect for Chief Gwaltney and relied extensively on his wise counsel. Jeanne and I became close friends with Chief Tom and his lovely wife, Helen, and that friendship has endured throughout our retirement years. He and I have traded emails almost every week over nearly three decades - sharing news about our grown kids, exchanging “War Eagles” during football season, and just plain keeping in touch.
While Chief Tom Gwaltney now rests in Heaven with the greatest of American patriots and airmen, the values he instilled in so very many of us live on. May you rest in peace, Chief; you served our nation and our Air Force with lasting love and great dedication, and we miss you dearly.
L. John Weber, Brigadier General (USAF, Retired)

John Fairfield

March 20, 2020

When I think about one of the core values of the United States Air Force - Service Before Self - I think about CMSgt Tom Gwaltney. It didn't matter to Tom what needed to be done - he did it with a smile and grace. His qualities will continue to inspire many. He left his mark on me and I know God has embraced him with loving arms.
Fly high Tom

John S. Fairfield, Lieutenant General, USAF (Retired)

Bill Woodhouse

March 20, 2020

Our sincerest sympathy and condolences to Ms. Helen Gwaltney and family. He made a difference.

Jina and Bill Woodhouse

Tina Livingston

March 19, 2020

Gwaltney family, I had the distinct honor or working for Chief Gwaltney. He will always be remembered. Our condolences and I pray God wraps his arms around each of you for comfort and peace.

Tina and Ross Livingston

Bill Uhde

March 18, 2020

When we swapped the Officers Club for the old Enlisted Club at Gunter Tom was a key Leader I leaned on for support. He was always there to listen and act, a truly Great Chief Master Sergeant, I am certain he is serving our Good Lord in heaven.

Bill Uhde, CMSgt Ret

Patsy Worley

March 18, 2020

Being Tom and Helen’s neighbor of only 3 1/2 years it didn’t take long for us to realize what a precious and loving man he was. We are blessed to have had many fun times with them, God bless and keep you Helen and your family. Rest In Peace Tom. You will be missed by many.
George, Patsy, and Meghan

Susan Mallett

March 18, 2020

Tom was the epitome of distinguished patriot. His love of God, family, country and community was exhibited in his life of integrity and service. His leadership in all areas of the country and community will be missed. Our AFA family is better for your dedicated service. Prayers for sweet Helen and the family.

Nathan Turner, Sr

March 17, 2020

Leader, mentor, community activist and most of all a great friend. Tom cared about people...he made it a point to engage and help others through their problems. Gonna miss that crazy sense of humor we shared over the years. Ms Helen we are praying for you and your family during this time. Rest in peace my brother...gone but definitely not forgotten.

Nathan J. Turner, Sr.
CMSgt (Ret) USAF

Donald Hines

March 17, 2020

Chief Tom Gwaltney was an outstanding example of a Chief Master Sergeant who cared deeply about his family, his church, his community, his country and the US Air Force. He was a role model for all Air Force members and especially his fellow chiefs. Deepest condolences to Helen and the family. Please know that Tom had a great positive impact on so many.

CMSgt Don Hines USAF Ret

Xavier Lewis

March 17, 2020

There was no greater Chief, leader, friend and patriot as Tom. I pray the Lord's peace and comfort for Helen and family. In deepest sorrow,


Xavier "Lew" Lewis, CMSgt (ret)
Montgomery AL