Blake Bostick

Posted in 40 under 40 2023

Blake Bostick

BS business and engineering ’13

Captain, Evaluator Pilot, Operations Officer, U.S. Air Force, Special Operations Command (Clovis, New Mexico)

Age 32

My Greatest Accomplishment:

Naturally, the on-going accomplishment of fatherhood, which began in summer 2022 thanks to my fellow Drexel alumna wife, has been my greatest. Professionally, I co-planned and commanded the first-ever implementation of an emerging capability in a contested combat environment, developing standards for the United States and partner nation Air Forces across four continents. The effort validated a technology that will ultimately allow for an estimated 70% decrease in deployed operations personnel, beginning in the next three years. This initiative earned me U.S. Central Command’s Innovation Award, as well as personal thanks from the command’s highest-ranking military member.

How Drexel Helped Me:

Drexel thrives in hard skill instruction, like many other universities, but gaining and refining soft skills prepared me most for my time as a service member. Through intentional mentorships with faculty as both a resident assistant and as member of student government, I built upon leadership qualities that allowed me to excel almost immediately as a military officer. There is no shortage of extracurricular groups on campus, where I learned the concept of many different organizations working in concert toward a common purpose or goal, a tenet of military strategy. Furthermore, with Drexel having such a strong pull for international students, I was able to learn and practice all this with a very diverse population, which exposed me to many cultures before I was ever deployed.

Where I Hope to Be in Five Years:

In spring 2023, I begin to transition out of active-duty service and start my career in the private sector. In five years, I hope to have completed my MBA and be on a trajectory where I can continue to innovate with new ideas and approaches to ongoing problems. I hope to take on leadership roles in organizations outside my primary job and continue improving my work-life balance as a civilian father and husband.

The Change I Would Most Like to See in the World:

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.” Our world often lacks economic equality, social justice, access to education and/or health care, to name just a few issues. We all would choose to change this on a grand scale if we had the resources. In the interim, the best we can do is be better than we were yesterday. Taking it one step further, I want to help someone different achieve that same goal each new day.