Lieutenant General Thomas
On May 22, 2012, Lieutenant General
Thomas P. Bostick became the 53rd U.S.
Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding
General of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE). Lieutenant General
Bostick serves as the senior military
officer overseeing most of the Nation’s
civil works infrastructure and military
As the USACE Commanding General, he
is responsible for more than 37,000
Civilian employees and 600 Military
personnel who provide project management
and construction support to 250 Army and
Air Force installations in more than 100
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. Lieutenant
General 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
Prior to USACE, Lieutenant General Bostick 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 the Army.
Lieutenant General 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
Lieutenant General Bostick 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.
Lieutenant General Bostick graduated from the United States Military
Academy in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds a Masters
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.