HEROES AMONG US: Veteran aims high through service

Tommy Moore, center, accepts a plaque from American Airlines on behalf of local organizations during the Medal of Honor banquet in April.

A graduate of Gainesville High School, North Central Texas College alumnus, U.S. Air Force veteran, 26-year Federal Aviation Administration employee, former Gainesville ISD School Board trustee, current Gainesville City council member, and president of the Medal of Honor Host City Program… it’s a mouthful. It is also Tommy Moore’s impressive and extensive resume.

Tommy Moore’s roots are deep in Gainesville, where he grew up, graduated from high school and met his wife, Paula. After graduation, Tommy joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. A deployment took him to the United Arab Emirates, where he served for more than six months during Desert Storm.

Since his return to Gainesville in 1991, with his wife and first daughter in tow, Tommy has embedded himself further into the community. Tommy was so dedicated to the vision and future of the Gainesville Independent School District that he served as a trustee on the Gainesville ISD School Board for eight years. His wife works for Gainesville ISD and all three of his daughters completed their primary school careers in the Gainesville system.

Tommy furthered his own education and obtained an Associate of Science degree in 2000 from North Central Texas College here in Gainesville.

Now, with an interest in the community as a whole, Tommy serves as a city council member, representing the citizens of Ward 5 in Gainesville since 2016. His current term will end in May 2020.

Moore also chairs the Medal of Honor Host City Program, a cause near and dear to his heart. Tommy has been involved with the program for many years prior to being named president and spends his personal time, along with other board members and program volunteers, developing and enhancing the program. He has spearheaded the recent initiative to bring a museum and living history center dedicated to the Medal of Honor program and recipients to the Gainesville area.

Speaking of personal time, you won’t find a dad that’s prouder of his three accomplished daughters. Tommy and Paula have definitely done something right — Brittanye recently obtained her certification as a family nurse practitioner, Morgan was named the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce director in April and Jordan just landed her first job following graduation at Texas A&M University as a records technician with the College Station Police Department as she prepares for law school.

Tommy said he serves to set an example for his daughters.

“When Paula and I moved back to Gainesville we joined a church and got involved by teaching Sunday school,” he said. “We have always felt it was important to serve in the community in which you live in some capacity. We also wanted to set the example for our daughters that you need to give back in your community by serving. We value education and places that improve quality of life for Gainesville. I have been fortunate to serve in many areas of Gainesville.”

You’ll see Tommy at the upcoming Veterans Day commemoration and fireworks display hosted by the city of Gainesville, and there, you can thank him and other veterans from the area for their military service and community involvement. The celebration takes place beginning at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the pavilion in Leonard Park.

The “Heroes Among Us” story series will be released twice monthly, featuring local heroes and organizations that exemplify the Totally Texas, All American spirit that is the fabric of the Gainesville Community. Stories are contributed by the city of Gainesville, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Economic Development Corp., Gainesville Independent School District and North Central Texas College. Keep an eye out for the stories and see who we celebrate next!

Caitlyn Huddleston has served as the city secretary for Gainesville since January 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2010. Release is coordinated by the city of Gainesville. For more information, contact Huddleston at 940-668-4500.