By 902nd MI Group Public Affairs Office
With 35 years of government service, Cynthia Thomas, a 902nd Military Intelligence Group civilian employee, plans to retire this month.
Thomas began her service in the military at Fort Meade working as a commissary cashier in June 1981. Four years later, she transitioned to the Army military intelligence community, where she has been throughout the remainder of her career.
Through the years, Thomas has witnessed the Army’s transformation into the modern force it is today.
“Thirty-five years — wow! It’s gone by quickly, believe it or not,” Thomas said. “When I first started, the work environment was different. There were more people doing the jobs that we can accomplish today with just a handful of individuals.”
While Thomas acknowledged that downsizing has been a challenge, she has been a shining example of the difference years of expertise can make in the ever-changing, fast-paced climate of today’s Army.
According to her commander, Lt. Col. Benjamin Bane, Thomas’ wealth of experience has given her an innate ability to solve problems and perform, which has been invaluable to the 902nd MI.
“The term that comes to mind is ‘peerless,’ ” Bane said. “In my 20 years, I haven’t worked with anyone who can perform job duties and solve problems the way Ms. Thomas can.”
During her long and fruitful career, Thomas has also witnessed many changes to the physical appearance of Fort Meade.
“There are so many huge, modern complexes here now,” she said. “Things have really changed over the years.”
One thing that hasn’t changed after 35 years on post is Thomas’ hard work and dedication, and she doesn’t intend to let retirement put an end to that.
“I look forward to staying active in the Fort Meade community through volunteer work and also to spending more time with friends and family,” she said.