Spring commencement ceremony speaker announced
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 3, 2014) — The 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will address Tuskegee University graduates at the 2014 spring commencement on May 10 at 10 a.m. in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education.
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick serves as the senior military officer overseeing most of the Nation’s civil works infrastructure and military construction. He has held that post since May 22, 2012. As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) commanding General, he is responsible for more than 33,000 civilian employees and 700 military personnel who provide project management, construction support and engineering expertise in more than 130 countries around the world. USACE has a key role in support to Overseas Contingency Operations, with thousands of civilians and soldiers having deployed to support reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. Bostick is also responsible for USACE's diverse missions such as hundreds of environmental protection projects; regulatory permit program to protect, restore and enhance thousands of acres of wetlands; and emergency response mission to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency in restoration and repair after a disaster, whether natural or manmade. As the Chief of Engineers, Army Staff Principal, the chief advises the Army on engineering matters and serves as the Army's topographer and the proponent for real estate and other related engineering programs.
Prior to USACE, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, Personnel, United States Army, responsible for developing, managing, and executing manpower and personnel plans, programs, and policies for more than 1 million soldiers and 300,00 civilians in the Army.
Lt. Gen. Bostick also served in a variety of command and staff assignments both in the continental United States and overseas. Command positions include: Commanding General, United States Army Recruiting Command; Director of Military Programs, United States Army Corps of Engineers with duty as Commander, Gulf Region Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), later Assistant Division Commander (Support), 1st Cavalry Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commander, Engineer Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia-Herzegovina; and Commander, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized).
He served as Executive Officer to the Chief of Engineers, Executive Officer to the Army Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director of Operations for the National Military Command Center, J-3, the Joint Staff in the Pentagon from May 2001 to August 2002, including the events of September 11, 2001.
He was also an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at West Point and was a White House Fellow, serving as a special assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Lt. Gen. Bostick graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds a master’s degree in both civil engineering and mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.
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