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Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Lieutenant General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fire Engine Red
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Monterey, California
Favorite Quote:
Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory. - General Douglas MacArthur

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1956
Birth Location:
Fukuoka,

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Lieutenant General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fire Engine Red
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Monterey, California
Favorite Quote:
Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory. - General Douglas MacArthur

Birthplace

Born:
9/23/1956
Birth Location:
Fukuoka
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Biography

U.S. Army Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick was born on September 23, 1956 in Fukuoka, Japan. Bostick was raised in a family with a strong military background. His father was a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant; his father-in-law, a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major; and his brother, a U.S. Army Colonel. Bostick graduated with his B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1978. He received his M.S. degree in civil engineering and his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1985. Bostick’s military education includes the U.S. Army Engineer School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

In 1978, Bostick was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and was then assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion in Wildflecken, Germany where he served in a variety of capacities until 1982. Upon returning to the United States, Bostick studied at the U.S. Army Engineer School and Stanford University before becoming an instructor of mechanical engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1985. He was also a White House Fellow in 1989 and 1990, serving as a special assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

In 1990, Bostick was assigned to the U.S. Army in Europe in Heidelberg, Germany, and then as an engineer operations staff officer in the First Armored Division in Baumholder and then again in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He reported to Washington, D.C. in 1993 and served as the executive officer to the Chief of Engineers and then as battalion commander of the 1st Engineer Battalion. Bostick was deployed again from 1997 to 1999 and commanded the Engineer Brigade of the First Armored Division, which included participation in peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1999, he was assigned as executive officer to the Chief of Staff of the Army, and served on the Joint Staff during the events of September 11, 2001 in the National Military Command Center. Bostick then deployed to Iraq as assistant division commander, 1st Cavalry Division, before serving as the Commanding General of the Gulf Region Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky; and, in 2010, was named director of personnel for the Army in the Pentagon. On May 22, 2012, Bostick became the 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, making him only the second African American to serve in that position.

Bostick’s military honors and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist badge, the Recruiter Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Bostick is also authorized to wear the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

Bostick and his wife, Renee Bostick, live in Washington, D.C. They have one son, Joshua.

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 9, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Thomas Bostick's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Thomas Bostick lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Thomas Bostick describes his mother's family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Thomas Bostick describes his mother's family background, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Thomas Bostick talks about his mother and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Thomas Bostick describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Thomas Bostick talks about his brother inheriting their father's athletic ability
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Thomas Bostick talks about his parents' marriage and personalities, and his five siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Thomas Bostick describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Thomas Bostick talks about his father's military service and his academic performance in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Thomas Bostick lists the places he lived during his father's military service and recalls his uncle from Brooklyn
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Thomas Bostick discusses re-connecting with his uncle as a cadet at West Point
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Thomas Bostick discusses his experiences and education in the places he lived during his father's military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Thomas Bostick talks about playing sports and breaking his leg on a Boy Scout camping trip in junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Thomas Bostick recalls his father's retirement from the military and his third grade teacher, Miss Vernon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Thomas Bostick talks about his brother, Anthony, and his high school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Thomas Bostick describes his experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Thomas Bostick talks about playing sports in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Thomas Bostick discusses the reasons for Seaside California's violence and his high school football team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Thomas Bostick talks about his nomination to attend West Point
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Thomas Bostick describes his high school's racial demographics and talks about his own racial identity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Thomas Bostick talks about deciding to attend West Point instead of the U.S. Air Force Academy, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Thomas Bostick talks about deciding to attend West Point instead of the U.S. Air Force Academy, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Thomas Bostick discusses studying engineering at West Point
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Thomas Bostick describes his initial arrival at West Point
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Thomas Bostick talks about shining his boots at West Point
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Thomas Bostick talks about what his father thought of him attending West Point
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Thomas Bostick talks about his and his wife's different personalities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Thomas Bostick talks about attending ranger school at West Point
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Thomas Bostick describes how a cheating scandal changed military training and education at West Point, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Thomas Bostick describes how a cheating scandal changed military training and education at West Point, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Thomas Bostick reflects on how the environment at West Point may have led to the cheating scandal, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Thomas Bostick reflects on how the environment at West Point may have led to the cheating scandal, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Thomas Bostick talks about the first black graduate of West Point, Henry O. Flipper
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Thomas Bostick reflects on his experience as an African American engineer officer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Thomas Bostick talks about his mentors at West Point
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Thomas Bostick recalls the selection process for army infantry and engineers, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Thomas Bostick recalls the selection process for army infantry and engineers, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Thomas Bostick discusses his graduation from West Point in 1978
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Thomas Bostick talks about shifts in public support of the U.S. military
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Thomas Bostick talks about attitudinal shifts in public support of the U.S. military