2019 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Tom Hargis from Huntsville, Arkansas, graduated from OMA high school in 1965 and OMA Junior College in 1967. During the summer after his high school graduation, his father Earl Hargis, who also attended OMA, passed away.
Hargis was part of the Outstanding Company, Best Drilled Company, Best Drilled Platoon, Chevron Society, Order of the DeMolay, and Saber Society. He earned the Dean’s Honor Roll, Military Proficiency Ribbon, Merit Ribbon, Academic Achievement Wreath, Outstanding Cadet Identification Disc, an Athletic Ribbon in Baseball, and the 1964-1965 High School Business Award.
After his time at OMA, Hargis attended the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1970 from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Hargis, a Distinguished Military Graduate in ROTC, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Finance Corps.
Hargis retired in 1995 as a Lieutenant Colonel with more than 24 years of active duty service with assignments in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Korea, Japan, and Turkey. Hargis served in positions including Finance and Accounting Officer at installation and Major Command level, installation Comptroller and Budget Officer, Budget Officer at HQs Department of the Army in the Pentagon, and as Executive Officer to the Comptroller of the Army.
In addition to the Finance Officer Basic and Advance Courses, while on active duty, Hargis also completed the Command and General Staff College, Defense Resource Management Course, and obtained his MBA at Marymount College in Arlington, Virginia. He was a member of the Association of Government Accountants and the American Society of Military Comptrollers.
Upon retirement from military service, Hargis was a Senior Financial Analyst contractor working on the Army Human Resources Centralization and the Defense Travel System. In 2000 Hargis was selected as the Secretary of the Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association and took a second retirement in 2013.
Hargis has been happily married for 46 years to Sharon McCanna Hargis and currently resides in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They have two daughters and six grandchildren.
Hargis has stated that his OMA education and military training provided him with advantages that served him well during his career in the military and civilian service. He has served on the OMA Alumni Association Board of Directors.