An accomplished veteran and patriot, Craig Boice was drafted into the Army in 1960 and retired after 29 years of service. Boice is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, which is the Defense Department’s highest meritorious medal, three Silver Stars, the Soldier’s Medal, two Bronze Stars with V device (for Valor), four purple hearts, and two Army Commendation Medals with V device, among others. Boice was wounded six times in the course of his duty in Vietnam, but as a selfless servant to his country, Boice was unwilling to nominate himself for a medal for two of these incidents and never received the appropriate recognition.
In winning the Distinguished Service Cross Citation, Boice commanded a rifle company of about 150 Soldiers and on February 14, 1968, during the TET Offensive, they were surrounded by three North Vietnamese Regiments. While almost everyone expected total annihilation of his rifle company, Boice’s unit escaped through a strategy of aggressive attack instead of retreat with help from three artillery batteries. In this battle, he managed to lose only three Soldiers. This happened on one of Boice’s two tours in Vietnam.
Boice has commanded units on the battlefield three times and four others in peacetime and is a Soldier’s Soldier. During his time in the service, Boice turned down an opportunity to be the Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and later, the Executive Officer to the Deputy Secretary of Defense to remain near the front lines of the Army.
In addition to his many accomplishments on the battlefield, Craig did ultimately serve in many important and influential staff positions. He worked directly for Colin Powell on three occasions and held the position of Current Operations Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Boice also sat on the National Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee replacing Oliver North, while remaining dual-hatted as the JCS Current Operations Officer. Drafted into the Army at age 22 as a private, he climbed through the ranks and retired in 1989 as a Major General.
After retirement, Boice was a co-founder and leader one of the largest and fastest growing automotive companies from 1990 – 2001.