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Four Star General Bruce Carlson

Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Four Star General Bruce Carlson, a 1971 UMD graduate and a "Distinguished Graduate" of the UMD Air Force ROTC Program visited the UMD campus this November 2006, speaking to ROTC cadets, faculty and staff.

Carlson was presented with the UMD Distinguished Alumni Award at a dinner in his honor. A Hibbing, Minnesota native, he currently serves as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. AFMC conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapon systems in readiness.

An experienced pilot, Carlson, is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours. He has held various assignments in flying units, including positions at Tactical Air Command, U.S. Air Force Headquarters as well as the offices of the Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of Defense. He is a former Commander of the Air Force's 49th Stealth Fighter Wing and is experienced in multiple aircraft weapon's systems.

Carlson was the guest speaker at the UMD Air Force ROTC Fall Banquet where he addressed current AFROTC cadets, their families, university officials, and other guests. University of Minnesota Regent Anthony Baraga presented Carlson with the UMD Distinguished Alumni award.

The Air Force ROTC program has been part of the UMD campus for over 55 years. ROTC provides leadership training and education to prepare students to be commissioned as Air Force officers. The program currently has over 50 students from UMD, UW Superior, the College of St. Scholastica, and Lake Superior College. Each year the AFROTC Detachment in Duluth commissions cadets as second lieutenants to serve in the United States Air Force. — Susan Beasy Latto

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