Retired Navy Captain Tom Joyce was raised on Long Island and recruited as a lacrosse player for the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1979.
After completing Naval Flight Officer training he was selected to fly the F-14 Tomcat and then graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in 1983. Two years later Tom was selected to fly in some of the scenes in the movie "TOPGUN". After several operational tours in fighter squadrons Tom reported to Fighter Squadron 111 as Commanding Officer onboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. Under Tom's leadership, Fighter Squadron 111 was recognized as the best Fighter Squadron in the Pacific Fleet.
Tom survived the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, which included his office. He retired in August of 2003 after serving on active duty for more than 25 years.
Tom has accumulated over 2200 hours in the F-14, and has made more than 600 carrier landings. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and numerous other unit and individual awards. He now serves as Pastor of Discipleship and Family Ministry at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia.