Colonel (GS) Thomas Schmid is of Swiss origin. He holds a BSc in computer engineering from the engineering college ISB in Biel/Switzerland.
After graduation, col Schmid worked as a software developing engineer for some years before he joined the Swiss Army as a professional instructor.
His 27-year career in the army included post-diploma studies at the Swiss military academy, general staff officers training at the Swiss army’s general staff school, and several pieces of training in the US, Sweden, and Great Britain.
And he was a judge in a court-martial for eight years.
For the last 14 years, he served as a commanding officer as well as in staff and management positions in several branches of the Swiss Army and the federal administration.
Col Schmid is a member of the Military Officers Association of Switzerland.