New Corps chief affirms need for ‘lean, agile, competent’ agency

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick became the 53rd U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general and U.S. Army chief of engineers during a late-May assumption of command ceremony at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

At the Corps, he serves as the senior military officer overseeing most of the nation’s civil works infrastructure and military construction, responsible for 37,000-plus civilian and 600 military personnel who provide project management and construction support to 250 Army and Air Force installations in more than 100 countries. Lt. Bostick also oversees USACE’s diverse missions such as hundreds of environmental protection projects; the regulatory permit program to protect, restore and enhance thousands of acres of wetlands; and, the response mission to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Now, more than ever, he says, “The nation needs a lean, agile, strong, capable, competent and trusted Corps of Engineers. One that serves the Army and nation; and one that truly teams with our many military, federal, state, local government, host nation governments, tribal, academia, industry and non-government partners to solve the engineering and scientific challenges facing the joint force, the nation and the global community.”

Lt. Bostick holds a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy, and master’s in civil and mechanical engineering from Stanford University.