On July 6, 2019, the President of the United States of America promoted Major Kwame Owusu Boateng to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army at a colorful ceremony at Fort Belvoir, in Virginia, USA. Lt. Col. Boateng currently serves as Deputy Army Engineer Branch Chief at Fort Knox, KY.
In 2003, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) with a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. Subsequently he earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies.
In 2006-2007, Lt. Col. Boateng deployed with the 37th Engineer Battalion (combat) to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where he led a battalion of 500 soldiers to engage in route clearances of land mines and ordinances.
Later in 2011-2012, he commanded the 571st Sapper Company in airborne exercises in support of the war in Afghanistan. He had earlier served in Iraq. In 2015 he served with the 65th Engineer Battalion Executive Office and 2nd Infantry Brigade (4,000 soldiers), supporting Pacific Operations in Korea, Thailand, and Iran.
Lt. Col. Boateng is a graduate of the Sapper Leader Course, US Army Ranger School, Advanced Airborne School, and Cyber Awareness Training. His awards and decorations include the Senior Parachutist Badge, Irish Parachute Wings, Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Unit Awards, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
Lt. Col. Estee Pinchasin and Colonel (rtd) Jeffrey Freeland officiated the promotion ceremony. Col (rtd) Freeland said, “I am more than excited to come from retirement to officiate the promotion of Major Kwame Boateng. He is a dedicated leader, soldier, and scholar. He wears his family name very well and makes us all proud.”
Lt Col. Boateng was born in Newark, NJ to Dr. Kofi A. Boateng, aka Kofi ROPAA, and Niyonu Boateng, both graduates of Yale University. He has six siblings who are high achievers in their own rights. He is married to Danielle. They have two daughters, Payton Amma (10), and Paige Yaa Asantewaa (6).
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