His family is from Detroit, UNAS, Earth, although he was born in Columbus, and much of his childhood was spent moving from place to place as needed for the family business. In adulthood, Thomas was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Alliance Navy Second Fleet during the liberation of Shanxi, and rose to Captain, commanding his own ship, by the time of the Torfan campaign, after which he retired. He now lives with his wife Andrea on a farm near Lake Michigan. The couple have had six children: Stephanie, John, Alexander, William, David and Amelia; John and William, having joined the Navy, were killed during the Battle of the Citadel.
Huntsman has been a member of the Terra Firma party since the Shanxi campaign.
Huntsman's photoshopped appearance is based on images of Christoph Waltz.