Colin Boag

Major General Colin James Boag,[1] CB CBE is a senior British Army officer.

Colin James Boag
Boag at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan
Image courtesy of ISAF
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1981present
RankMajor General
UnitRoyal Engineers
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Military career

Boag graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned at the rank of second lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers on 6 August 1983,[1] with seniority from 3 May 1981, and immediately promoted to lieutenant, with seniority from 3 May 1983.[2] He was promoted to captain on 3 November 1987[3] and attained field officer status with promotion to major on 30 September 1991.[4]

Having served in the Balkans in 1995, Boag was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, in recognition of "gallant and distinguished services in the former Republic of Yugoslavia" in 1996.[5] Boag was promoted to lieutenant colonel in June 1997,[6] colonel in June 2001[7] and to brigadier, the British Army's highest field officer rank, on 31 December 2003.[8] Boag was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours.[9]

Boag attained general officer status with promotion to the substantive rank of major general on 25 January 2008, whereupon he assumed the appointment of Headquarters Land Command/Headquarters Adjutant General's Command Collocation Programme Team Leader.[10] He was awarded the American Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer), "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during coalition operations in Iraq", in March 2008 and granted unrestricted permission to wear the decoration on his uniform.[11]

In 2010, Boag served as Chief of Staff to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command, in which capacity he gave a lecture to personnel at Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, who were preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.[12] He became General Officer Commanding Support Command at Aldershot in 2011.[13]

Boag was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[14]


  1. "No. 49496". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 October 1983. p. 12944.
  2. "No. 49517". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 October 1983. p. 13998.
  3. "No. 51121". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 November 1987. p. 14130.
  4. "No. 52691". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 October 1991. p. 16034.
  5. "No. 54393". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 May 1996. pp. 6547–6548.
  6. "No. 54827". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 July 1997. p. 7831.
  7. "No. 56261". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 July 2001. p. 7807.
  8. "No. 57168". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 January 2004. p. 123.
  9. "No. 58014". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2006. pp. 4–5.
  10. "No. 58594". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 January 2008. p. 1275.
  11. "No. 58633". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 March 2008. p. 3619.
  12. "HQ ARRC continues its conceptual training for Afghanistan". NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  13. Whitaker's Almanack 2012
  14. "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
GOC Support Command
Succeeded by
Robert Nitsch
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