Bruce Carlson is a 1971 Graduate of UMD
UMD Air Force ROTC graduate Bruce Carlson (UMD class of '71) has been nominated by the president to the rank of general (four-stars) and selected to command the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Lieutenant General Carlson is currently 8th Air Force commander at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Senate must confirm his nomination.
The current AFMC commander, General Gregory S. Martin will head to Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, to take the command reigns from Navy Admiral Thomas Fargo, who is retiring.
"My wife Vicki and I are honored to receive the call to serve in this exciting command," said Lieutenant General Carlson . "General Martin has started some exciting initiatives and moved the command ahead a great deal in the past few months. I look forward to continuing that pace and keeping AFMC as the pace setter in sustainment, test, and acquisition."
Lieutenant General Carlson has been assigned to duty in 10 states and one foreign country. Previous assignments include: tactical systems requirements officer, Office of Low Observables Technology, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; senior military assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and senior military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense; director of global power programs in the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition in Washington, D.C.; and director of operational requirements in the deputy chief of staff for air and space operations office at Air Force headquarters.
He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD); his master's degree from Webster University in St. Louis; and is a distinguished graduate in the mater's degree program at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He's also a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in the F-4, OV-10, A-10, F-16, F-111, EF-111, AT-38, F-117 and B-52.