HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

LIEUTENANT GENERAL BRUCE K. BROWN

PRINT | E-MAIL

Lieutenant General Bruce K. Brown is commander, Alaskan Air Command, with additional duty as commander, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. He also commands the Joint Task Force, Alaska, when activated. The mission of the Alaskan Air Command is to provide top cover for America and air support in the defense of Alaska.

General Brown's hometown is Lubbock, Texas, and he graduated from high school there in 1948. Later that year he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and graduated in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. The general earned a master's degree in international relations from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1969. He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., in 1965 and the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1969.

He earned his pilot wings in August 1953, after completing pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., and Webb Air Force Base, Texas. He next attended interceptor school and subsequently joined the 5th (later the 539th) Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., where he served until December 1958 as a pilot and flight commander.

General Brown transferred to Hahn Air Base, Germany, where he served with the 496th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron as a pilot and flight commander, executive officer and finally as chief of maintenance, from January 1959 to January 1963. He then returned to the United States and joined Air Defense Command headquarters at Ent Air Force Base, Colo., as a personnel officer in the Rated Assignments Branch and later as aide to the commander of Air Defense Command. He entered the Armed Forces Staff College in February 1965.

Following graduation in July 1965, General Brown joined the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as a plans and operations officer. In May 1967 he moved to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), where he served as executive assistant. From August 1968 to October 1969, he attended the National War College.

The general went to Phan Rang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, and became assistant deputy commander and then deputy commander for operations of the 14th Special Operations Wing. Upon his return to the United States in November 1970, General Brown was assigned as vice commander of the 97th Bombardment Wing at Blytheville Air Force Base, Ark., and took command of the wing in July 1971.

In June 1972 General Brown assumed command of the 416th Bombardment Wing at Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y. He returned to Air Force heaquarters in April 1973 as deputy assistant chief of staff for studies and analyses. In 1974 he was assigned as deputy director for operations (strategic and general operations), Joint Staff, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Washington, D.C.

General Brown took command of the 14th Aerospace Force at Ent Air Force Base, in August 1975. In June 1976 he became the assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, North American Air Defense Command, and deputy chief of staff for operations, Aerospace Defense Command. He moved with the headquarters when Ent Air Force Base closed and operations were transferred to Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., in late 1976. From, May 1978 to October 1981, the general served as deputy chief of staff, operations, North American Air Defense Command, Aerospace Defense Command and Air Defense Center. He then become vice commander in chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and Aerospace Defense Command, and vice Commander of the Aerospace Defense Center, and in September 1982 was named the first Space Command assistant vice commander. He assumed his present command in August 1983.

The general is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours and wears the Master Space Badge. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and oak leaf cluster.

He was promoted to lieutenant general Sept. 1, 1983, with same date of rank.

(Current as of December 1984)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @HQUSAFEPA: Gen. Goldfein, during his keynote address at the 2019 Chief of the Air Staff's Air and Space Power Conference said the follo…
.@WrightPattAFB opened a #cyberdefense facility for #USAF Life Cycle Management Center's Fighters & Bombers Directo… https://t.co/QibdORLX2q
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Our asymmetric advantage is represented in this room. It is all of us working together on a common cause. Great to see…
.@AFResearchLab supports @AFThunderbirds w/cutting-edge aerospace #technology. From G-suits, custom earpieces, fly-… https://t.co/HJ07fLg2aP
Operating from rough dirt strips, the #C130 Hercules is capable of transporting & airdropping troops & equipment in… https://t.co/c4vsC76vRX
Tune into @TheWilsonCenter July 18, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. (EDT) to hear #USAirForce Lt. Gen. Bussiere, @USNorthernCmd A… https://t.co/M2LTH8wpx5
.@DMAFB #Airmen traveled more than 1700 miles to save two critically injured Mexican fishermen onboard the Mazatun… https://t.co/tcTnNPC8Zj
RT @KadenaAirBase: #ICYMI: #TeamKadena will be activating a new special operations squadron for the operation and maintenance of the #CV22
#OTDIH, The B-2 Spirit's inaugural test flight happened from Palmdale to @EdwardsAFB, #California. The B-2 Spirit i… https://t.co/bS7ODGlxsP
.@HAFB #Airmen conduct #F35 missions while temporary assigned to @366FW. This is the largest off-station F-35A Li… https://t.co/KlbXq7jBLg
RT @MacDill_AFB: CSM John W. Troxell has our #TotalForce team here at MacDill feeling empowered! 😎💪 Thanks for visiting our service members…
.@NellisAFB plans to roll out shorts for maintenance technicians to wear on the flight line in the scorching Nevada… https://t.co/fcavaNG112
⚡️ “RAF Lakenheath breaks ground on future F-35 infrastructure” by @usairforce https://t.co/wiOjMMONZD
.@48FighterWing hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new #F35 infrastructure at Royal Air Force Lakenheath,… https://t.co/nOmLeR1egG
🗣Calling all #Milwaukeeans! #USAF Captain Curtis Hinca calls #Milwaukee home & is an Air Force Prosecutor… https://t.co/0LqvQdCUqm
RT @ValerieInsinna: Here’s a little bonus footage of @GenDaveGoldfein taxiing before his a ride in @FinnishAirForce F/A-18s. Read the story…
.@NellisAFB, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Delongchamp saved lives during the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.… https://t.co/GJygss6FBZ
RT @PACAF: Airmen from around the @usairforce tested themselves in the Small Unit Ranger Tactics course at the @25ID #LightningAcademy. #Ai
The latest roundup of the best #AirForce photos is out. See them here: https://t.co/0w3MNpiixe
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Gained a new appreciation for the strength and capability of our #Finnish partners, and have confidence we can prevail…