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October 3, 1949

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Bruce A. Carlson

Bruce A. Carlson is a retired U.S. Air Force General. Bruce recently served as the 17th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office from July 2009 until July 2012. Bruce retired from the U.S. Air Force in January 2009 after over 37 years of service. During his Air Force career, Carlson served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio from August 2005 to November 2008; Commander, Eighth Air Force at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana from May 2003 to August 2005; Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J-8) for the Joint Staff from January 2000 to May 2003; Director of Operational Requirements at U.S. Air Force Headquarters from August 1996 to January 2000; and Commander, 49th Fighter Wing (the Air Force’s first stealth fighter wing) at Holloman AFB, New Mexico from February 1995 to August 1996.

Bruce has been Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Utah State’s Space Dynamics Laboratory since June 2013.

Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1971. In 1979 Bruce graduated from the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base and later received a Master of Arts degree from Webster University. In 1989 Bruce received a distinguished graduate Master of Arts degree from the U.S. Naval War College.

Bruce was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, on October 3, 1949. He married Vicki Lynn Martens in June 1970. They are the parents of three children and have ten grandchildren.

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