Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
LTC(P) Thomas R Boland, US Army VDF 2020-21

LTC(P) Thomas R. Boland

U.S. Army Visiting Defence Fellow 2019-20
U.S. Army War College Senior Service
Robert Sutherland Hall #404 (currently remote)
613-533-6000 x78946

Lieutenant Colonel(P) Thomas R. Boland is a student of the United States Army War College. He is a native of Athens, GA and received his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 2000 from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. LTC(P) Boland earned his Bachelor of Science in Education and was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer.  In 2010, he earned his master’s degree in Business Management from Austin Peay State University.  His military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the Joint Combined Warfighting School. 

His first assignment was to the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Deputy Support Operations Officer, and Battalion S4 in the Headquarters and Alpha Company, 82nd Forward Support Battalion. During this time he deployed once to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) and a second time to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI   FREEDOM (OIF). Upon completion of the Combined Logistics Officer’s Advanced Course in April of 2005, LTC(P) Boland was assigned to Fort Campbell, KY. Here he first served as the Battalion S1 Officer for the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and then took command of Alpha Company, 626th BSB in August of 2006 while deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, in support of OIF. After a year home, LTC(P) Boland deployed his Company back to Iraq in support of OIF. Upon his return in August 2008, he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 626th BSB to serve as the Battalion Rear Detachment Commander followed by the Battalion S3. In 2011, subsequent to the completion of the Army's Advanced Civil Schooling Program, he was assigned to Fort Leavenworth, KS, where he attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College for a year. Shortly after completing CGSC in January 2012, LTC(P) Boland was assigned back to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, where he served as the Brigade S4 and the Support Operations Officer of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. LTC(P) Boland was then selected for a joint assignment in 2014, where he finished his tour as the Joint Logistics and Distribution Branch Chief in the J4 Joint Logistics Readiness Division, United States Indo - Pacific Command (USINDO-PACOM), Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. He left Hawaii to take command of the Army Field Support Battalion in Alaska from June 2017 to June 2019. Following battalion command and prior to becoming an AWC student, he served for a year as the Division G4 in the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY.

Among his awards and decorations are the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Bronze Star), GWOT Expeditionary Medal, and GWOT Service Medal. He is a Master Parachutist, a Pathfinder, and has earned the Air Assault Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, and several other foreign badges. 

LTC(P) Boland has been married to the former Elizabeth B. Morgan of Clinton, SC for 22 years. They have four children, daughter Alden (18), and three boys, Ethan (17), Noah (13) and Thomas Jr. (10).

Current Interests/Research:

  • Social media influence on future warfare
  • U.S. Military leadership culture and engagement strategies
  • Developing Strategic Leaders