Bruce A. Carlson

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Bruce Allen Carlson
Bruce Carlson NRO.jpg
16th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
In office
12 June 2009 – 20 July 2012
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byScott F. Large
Succeeded byBetty J. Sapp
Personal details
BornHibbing, Minnesota
ReligionLatter-day Saint
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1971–2009
RankGeneral
CommandsAir Force Materiel Command
8th Air Force
49th Fighter Wing
AwardsLegion of Merit
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
 
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Bruce Allen Carlson
Bruce Carlson NRO.jpg
16th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
In office
12 June 2009 – 20 July 2012
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byScott F. Large
Succeeded byBetty J. Sapp
Personal details
BornHibbing, Minnesota
ReligionLatter-day Saint
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1971–2009
RankGeneral
CommandsAir Force Materiel Command
8th Air Force
49th Fighter Wing
AwardsLegion of Merit
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

Bruce Allen Carlson (born October 3, 1949[1]), was the 16th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office. He is a former four-star general in the United States Air Force and served as the sixth Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapon systems ready for war. After over 37 years of service, he retired from the Air Force on January 1, 2009. In April 2009, Carlson was called as a general authority and a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Biography[edit]

Carlson was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. He was commissioned in 1971 after completing the University of Minnesota Duluth's Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished graduate. He has held various assignments in flying units. Staff assignments have included positions at Tactical Air Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the offices of the Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of Defense, and as the Director of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment with the Joint Staff. Additionally, he commanded the Air Force's 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman AFB, New Mexico Prior to assuming his current position, Carlson served as the Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, and Joint Functional Component Commander for Space and Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

Carlson is experienced in multiple aircraft weapons systems, is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours, and has combat experience in the OV-10.

In April 2009 Carlson was called as a general authority and a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church. In June 2009 he was appointed by President Barack Obama as Director of the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, an agency that operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites.

On April 18, 2012, Carlson announced his resignation as director of the NRO, effective July 20, 2012. [2]

LDS Church service[edit]

Prior to his call as a general authority in April 2009, Carlson served in the church as an elders quorum president, young men president, bishop, high councilor, and an adviser to the church’s Military Advisory Committee.[3]

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Assignments[edit]

General Bruce A. Carlson, USAF
Commander, Air Force Materiel Command

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Major awards and decoration[edit]

His awards include:

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit ribbon.svgLegion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

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