Omer Clifton Tooley, Jr.

MG Omer Clifton Tooley, Jr., USA (Ret)

President, Ludus Serviam, LLC
Omer Clifton (Clif) Tooley, Jr. is president of Ludus Serviam, LLC, a defense consulting small business focused on aerospace and defense supply chain modernization, resiliency, and agility.

Previously Clif served as the President, Defense Development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana. In that position he served as the principal advisor to the Governor and Secretary of Commerce of Indiana on defense-related economic development within the state. While serving in that role, he led an interstate and intergovernmental working group comprised of representatives of A&D businesses, state and federal agencies located in the Midwest in exploring the ways and means of reshoring and modernizing the A&D supply chain with a particular focus on increasing the quality and quantity of small business participation. He continues to perform this role in his current position.

Prior to his IEDC role, Clif served as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Defense Network – a 501c3 created by the State of Indiana to support, develop and promote defense installations, activities, and businesses within the state. He currently serves on the IDN advisory board.

Leading up to these positions and responsibilities, Clif served more than 41 years in uniform – 29 years in the Regular Army followed by 12 years in the Indiana National Guard. His military experience includes command and staff assignments with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, 38th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Europe, Indiana National Guard and other US and NATO organizations. 

Recognitions while in federal service include over 30 awards to include the Distinguished Service Medal, three awards of the Legion of Merit and the 2010 Chief of National Guard Bureau’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his leadership in the development and operationalization of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in southeastern Indiana. 

Recognitions while in state service include award of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the Distinguished Hoosier award, the Governor of Indiana Public Service Achievement Award, 3 awards of the Indiana Distinguished Service Medal and designation as a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

A career infantryman, Clif was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice, Primicerius by the National Infantry Association and the Chief of Infantry for his significant and lasting contributions to the Infantry profession.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Art degree from Western Kentucky University.