Leo A. Brooks, Jr. is vice president, Defense, Space & Security, for Boeing Government Operations. In this capacity, he serves as the company’s senior corporate liaison with the Pentagon, NASA, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Brooks joined the company in August 2006 after serving in the United States Army for 27 distinguished years and retiring as a brigadier general. He commanded units in virtually every echelon of the Army including an Airborne Brigade in the famed 82nd Airborne Division, Deputy Commanding General of 1st Armored Division in Germany, and Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy. His last assignment prior to retiring was Vice Director of the Army Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, in the Pentagon. In that capacity, he was the principal deputy to the Director of the Army Staff, responsible for integrating, coordinating, and synchronizing the efforts of the Army staff to support Army and Combatant Commands in the global war on terrorism.
Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He is a Senior Fellow of the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Government, National Security Studies Program and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the New England School of Law. He served as the Executive in Residence for the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management Honors Program at Morgan State University from 2014 - 2016. Brooks also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University for eight years and is currently on the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia College Access Program and the Advisory Board of Directors of the Association of the United States Army. Brooks is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Brooks has received numerous awards, notably the Army’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2006. In 2007, Brooks received the Freedom Team Salute Award for outstanding service to the nation by the Secretary of the Army. Additionally, he received the Black Engineer of the Year 2009 Military Leadership Stars & Stripes Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.