LSU Director of Financial Systems Services Justin Thornton was scheduled to be part of the user group that tested the university’s new e-procurment system, LSU GeauxShop, on June 12 and 13. But when Thornton was called to duty by the Louisiana National Guard on those same days, he still showed his support for the new system by wearing his LSU GeauxShop T-shirt under his uniform.
Thornton was at Ft. Hood, Texas, with other leaders from his unit, the 756th Area Support Medical Company out of Carville, La. He was called to Ft. Hood in June for a mobilization site visit to receive various briefings explaining what his unit can expect while going through the mobilization process. The unit is being deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan, where it will be responsible for providing medical care to U.S. and coalition forces at multiple locations across the country. It is deploying in October for approximately nine months after 38 days of mobilization training at Ft. Hood.
Thornton’s unit provides treatment and evacuation services and includes combat medics, physician assistants, nurses, surgeons, dentists and general doctors. Thornton, the executive officer of the unit, is part of the command and control group, and is responsible for the overall personnel, equipment, training, security and logistics of the unit. He reports directly to the company commander.
At LSU, Thornton is responsible for financial system development, support, reporting, the Thomas Boyd computer and network support area, and development of BPM processes.