Tom Fields was born and raised in the rural North Louisiana town of Farmeville. He graduated from Farmerville High School in 1969. Following one year of college he left school and joined the United States Navy. In 1972 he made a tour of Viet Nam on board the USS Saratoga and he circumnavigated the globe at 20. He completed his Navy enlistment in the Navy Seabees. In 1975 Fields entered Northeast Louisiana University and majored in Construction Management. While in college he attended the Louisiana Military Academy and received a commission in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was also inducted into Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Following graduation from NLU Fields took a management training job with the oil giant ARAMCO in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He stayed in Arabia for sixteen years where he worked as a project engineer. During Desert Storm Fields volunteered to go to the Kuwaiti border to provide support for the coalition forces. In addition to his project management work he also spent time exploring the fossil beds and deserts of Arabia. He was also the catcher for the thirteen time mid-east softball powerhouse, the Dhahran Clippers. Fields recently retired from the communications company, CenturyLink where he was a Corporate Project Manager. Tom is a PMP and is Six Sigma Certified. He is married and has three children. He still lives in Farmerville.