COL Josh R. Bookout
COL Josh R. Bookout is a graduate of the United States Military Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as an Infantry second lieutenant in 1998. From 1999 to 2002, COL Bookout served in the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and the 18th Airborne Corps staff at Fort Bragg, NC. During these assignments, COL Bookout served as a rifle platoon leader, support platoon leader, aide-de-camp and battalion air operations officer. Following his assignment at Fort Bragg, he attended the Infantry Maneuver Captain’s Career Course (MCCC) in 2002.
Upon completion of the Captain’s Career Course, COL Bookout was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served as the brigade plans officer. COL Bookout deployed with 3rd Brigade to Afghanistan in 2004 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he took command of an infantry rifle company in 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment. Following the deployment, COL Bookout took command of an Infantry Scout company in the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment at Schofield Barracks.
From 2006 to 2007, COL Bookout attended graduate school at Columbia University where he earned a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology. Following graduate school, he served as a Tactical Officer for company F4 at The United States Military Academy from 2007 to 2010. Following his assignment at West Point, he attended and graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
After completion of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS in 2011, COL Bookout was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. There he served as the Battalion Operations Officer for 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment. In 2012, COL Bookout deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He later served as the Executive Officer for 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment before moving to the Brigade S3 for 2nd Stryker Brigade. In 2014, COL Bookout was assigned to I Corps where he served as the Current Operations Integration Center (COIC) Chief in the current operations section of the G3.
COL Bookout commanded 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division from 2015-2017. Following Battalion Command, he was assigned to the G-3/5/7 in Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), where he served in numerous roles, including as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force.
COL Bookout’s most recent assignment was in the United States Army Strategy Support Element in HQDA G-3/5/7.
COL Bookout’s military training and education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger School, the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Air Assault Course, Jumpmaster Course, Air Load Planners course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College and the National War College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (1 service star), Afghan Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab and the Senior Parachutist Badge.
COL Bookout is married and has four children.