The 41-year-old musician, who quit the band in 2015 to focus on looking for Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and his solo career, was named as 2017 UFO Researcher of the Year by bosses at alien research organisation OpenMinds TV.
Although he was not present at Tuesday's (28Feb17) OpenMinds's International UFO Congress event in Fountain Hills Arizona, the star sent a video message to his fellow UFO researchers.
"Hello, I'm Tom DeLonge and I want to say thank you for acknowledging some of the hard work I've been putting into some subject matter that concerns us all and that you're passionate about, just like I," he said.
Tom, who published book Sekret MAChines Book 1: Chasing Shadow in 2016 detailing his research, has also been named in emails obtained by WikiLeaks as having advised John Podesta, one of Hillary Clinton's top aides on the possibility of alien life.
"There's a lot that I can't say, but there's some that I can," he said in his speech. "And I'm so appreciative that I've been acknowledged for this stuff, but I'm not done."
Condemning those who questioned his research, he added, "I think a lot of people doubted it, and they thought it was crazy that this musician would have this kind of access. And then the WikiLeaks thing happened and you guys saw that I'm into some serious s**t and I'm making really good progress."
Although Tom has not toured or recorded with Blink-182 since 2015, he has said he is open to rejoining his bandmates Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, who signed up Alkaline Trio musician Matt Skiba to fill in while he took time out of the band.
Tom releases the follow-up to his Sekret MAChines book on 7 March (17).