Bostick visits 130th Eng. Bde.

| August 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick (left), U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and commander, USACE, awards a coin to Spc. Jonathan Espey (right), geospatial engineer, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, for winning 8th TSC Soldier of the Year, during a visit to Schofield Barracks, July 24.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick (left), U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and commander, USACE, awards a coin to Spc. Jonathan Espey (right), geospatial engineer, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, for winning 8th TSC Soldier of the Year, during a visit to Schofield Barracks, July 24.

Story and photo by
1st Lt. Grant Taulbee
130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, here, July 24, to meet with senior leadership in the brigade and receive a capabilities briefing to better understand the role of the brigade within the Pacific theater.

Upon arrival, Bostick awarded coins to the top 12 Soldiers in the brigade.

“Whenever I award Soldiers for their actions, I think not only of what they have done, but what their families have sacrificed as well,” he said.

Brigade senior leadership then briefed Bostick on the brigade’s capabilities, as well as past, present and future theater security cooperation program missions.

For lunch, company commanders and first sergeants from the brigade had lunch with Bostick at the 8th TSC K-Quad Dining Facility. There, Bostick offered advice, drawing from his vast experience rising through the Engineer Corps.

Bostick also spoke about the Engineer branch getting back to the basics, stating that in the current operating environment, engineers are focused more on route clearance but need to shift focus to “the full spectrum of Engineer capabilities,” citing the importance of those capabilities from a maneuver perspective.

The discussion also delved into leadership philosophy, with Bostick urging leaders to know their Soldiers and families, and to have an open command climate where Soldiers are not afraid to ask for help before their issues get out of hand.

“At your age, I would make as many mistakes as possible,” Bostick said, stating that the only way to improve weak points is by working on them.

He finished by speaking to the leaders about their families and expressed deep gratitude to them.

“You’re all here because you and your families made the decision to stick with it,” Bostick said. “The Army is about people, and you can’t spend (too) much time around people.”

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