Thomas P. Bostick
|Born||23 September 1956|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1978-2016|
|Commands held||Chief of Engineers|
Thomas P. Bostick (born 23 September 1956) was the 53rd Chief of Engineers of the United States Army and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Since the creation of West Point in 1802 as the Nation's first engineering school, Lt. General Bostick is the only African American Graduate of the Academy to serve as the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Following his military career, General Bostick served as the Chief Operating Officer and President of Intrexon Bioengineering (NASDAQ: XON, now Precigen: PRGN). He is a Director on the Boards of Perma-Fix (NASDAQ: PESI), HireVue and Streamside (both private companies). Bostick also serves as a Forbes Contributor.
Early Life and Education
Bostick was born on September 23, 1956, in Fukuoka, Japan and raised all over the world, in an Army family, as one of five children of Master Sergeant Sidney C. and Mrs. Fumiko M. Bostick. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) with a Bachelor of Science degree in June 1978. Bostick was the Captain of the 150-pound football team at West Point. He later earned a Master of Science degree in both civil and mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1985. Bostick served as an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at West Point. He also earned a PhD from George Washington University in systems engineering in 2016. Bostick is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advance courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.
Bostick was commissioned as a second lieutenant combat engineer officer after graduation from West Point. His initial assignment was to the 54th Engineer Battalion in Germany where he served as a Platoon Leader in A Company, as the Battalion Maintenance Officer, and as the B Company Commander. His company was selected as the company with the best maintenance program in the Army, and the company also won the US Army Europe Softball Championships. Bostick represented the Army in international competition as a member of the All-Army Powerlifting team in the 165-pound weight class.
Bostick served as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, as well as a White House Fellow, serving as a special assistant to the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In 2015, Lt. General Bostick received the John W. Gardner Legacy of Leadership Award. This is the highest award presented by the White House Fellows Foundation and Association, given in recognition of proven leadership, dedicated public service, and sustained support to the White House Fellows Program. General Colin Powell, also a recipient of the Legacy of Leadership Award, presented the award to Lt. General Bostick at the 50th Anniversary of the White House Fellows program.
In 1990, Bostick served at the US Army Europe Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany where he was responsible for helping to plan the drawdown of forces in Europe. He then served as the S3 of the 40th Engineer Battalion and later as the S3 of the 1st Armored Division Engineer Brigade. He served as the Executive Officer for the Chief of Engineers, Lt. General Arthur E. Williams, before assuming command of the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. His battalion fought fires in Idaho in 1994, and was considered to have one of the most successful training exercises at the National Training Center for an engineer battalion.
Bostick then commanded the Engineer Brigade in 1st Armored Division which included deployments to Bosnia and to Kosovo for some elements of the brigade. His brigade conducted the eleven ceremonies for the 55th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. Always encouraging his teams to compete and win, one of his companies won the Itschner Award as the Best Engineer Company in the Army, and the Sturgis Award for the best Engineer Non-Commissioned Officer in the Army.
He later served for two years as the Executive Officer of the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Eric K. Shinseki. Subsequently, he served in the National Military Command Center as a watch officer and was on duty for the 9-11 attacks.
Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver and Support), 1st Cavalry Division
Bostick served as Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver and later as Assistant Division Commander for Support of the 1st Cavalry Division. He ensured the successful training and deployment into Iraq of more than 25,000 soldiers and their equipment.
Commander of the Gulf Region Division – Iraq
Subsequently, he commanded the Gulf Region Division in Iraq where he and his teams initiated over $11 billion of an $18 billion construction program in just one year. He formed successful teams where the USACE engineers were embedded with the combat maneuver units which greatly improved coordination and overall success.
Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Command
After the Army failed its recruiting mission in 2005, Bostick was assigned as the Commanding General of U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC). Through a number of innovative efforts Bostick made significant strategic changes in the command such as moving away from individual recruiting to team recruiting while focusing on the well-being of soldiers and families. He was part of the team that developed the new Army slogan, Army Strong. Army recruiting continued to achieve its mission for nearly the next decade.
Director, U.S. Army, Personnel
As the Director of Personnel for the Army, he was responsible for the policies that affected more than 1 million soldiers and 330 thousand civilians. He worked with the Army leadership on numerous key issues such as expanding opportunities for women, medical care for our returning troops, and religious accommodations for Sikhs. Bostick was also on the Comprehensive Review Group that made a recommendation to the Secretary of Defense and the President to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.
Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
As Chief of Engineers he led the management of over 3000 projects including: operations and maintenance of over $225B of water related infrastructure, large construction, and environmental and energy projects. He led over 34,000 employees in 43 Districts, seven Laboratories, and engaged in over 110 countries.
Bostick organized a highly talented and effective team after Superstorm Sandy completing projects as part of a $5B recovery program with all projects on time, under budget and of high quality.
In other projects, the Corps of Engineers obligated over $25B annually. During his tenure as Chief of Engineers, the Corps completed the $1.35B Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Borgne Surge Barrier in New Orleans. This was the largest design-build project in the 243-year history of the Corps, and it won the 2014 ASCE Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Bostick worked with Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and the communities of Fargo-Moorhead to complete the first and only flood risk management Public Private Partnership.
Bostick has appeared on CNN, FOX News, CBS Evening News, the Daily Show and more. He has spoken extensively on resilience including remarks at the United Nations, Risk Analysis World Congress in Singapore, and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2014, Bostick provided the commencement address at Tuskegee University, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in engineering.
Post Military Career
Following his military career Bostick joined Intrexon Corporation serving as the Senior Vice President of the Environment Sector. In this role, Bostick oversaw the company's strategies and programs to deploy biologically based solutions for the protection and remediation of the environment. In November 2017, Intrexon announced the appointment of Bostick as Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing operations across the Company's multiple technology divisions, driving efficiency and effectiveness in the application of the Company's assets toward its development projects. In April 2019, Intrexon announced the appointment of Lt. General Bostick as the President of Intrexon Bioengineering. Intrexon Bioengineering seeks to address global challenges across food, agriculture, environmental, energy, and industrial fields by advancing biologically engineered solutions to improve sustainability and efficiency. Bostick departed Intrexon in February 2020 after helping to lead a major restructuring in the company.
In 2017, Lt. General Bostick was selected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Construction, and the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Hall of Fame for his many contributions to engineering.
Awards and decorations
Bostick has been awarded the following decorations and badges:
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters)
- Bronze Star Medal
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters)
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
- Combat Action Badge
- United States Parachutist Badge
- Army Recruiter Badge
- Ranger Tab
- Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
- Army Staff Identification Badge
- Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (2017)
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