The promotion ceremony for Colonel Reginald J. Bostick, USA - held on Friday, September 10, 2010 at The Institute of World Politics - was a jubilant occasion characterized by recognizing the dignity of service to a higher calling and the blessings of family.
The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary of the U.S. Army, officiated at the ceremony and administered the oath of office to COL Bostick. He paid tribute to COL Bostick's superb performance, accomplishments, and leadership throughout his more than twenty-two years of Army service - most recently as one of the Secretary's military assistants. Mr. McHugh also credited the selflessness and love of COL Bostick's wife, daughters, parents, and siblings for aiding him in his calling and contributing to his outstanding success as a military officer.
COL Bostick thanked his family for their support, movingly noting that he considered fatherhood his greatest triumph. He also honored other familial communities to which he belongs, particularly his fellow service members and his colleagues at IWP. COL Bostick is the Institute's 2010-2011 Senior Service Fellow, pursuing advanced research in national security policy and defense strategy.
The ceremony's invocation was offered by the Most Rev. Timothy Broglio, the Catholic Archbishop for the Military Services.
In welcoming the Secretary of the Army to the Institute, Dr. John Lenczowski, IWP's founder and president, praised the high caliber of the Army officers who study and intern at the school and stressed their enthusiasm in pursuit of their missions.
Above, left and right: Mr. McHugh and COL Bostick's family assist the Colonel by attaching his new shoulder straps and epaulettes.
The Most Rev. Timothy Broglio (at right) offers the invocation. Bowing in prayer, from left to right, are COL Bostick with his daughter; Mr. McHugh; Dr. Lenczowski; Owen T. Smith, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IWP; and aide SGT Vaught.