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Air Force General to Speak at LDS Church
General Carlson received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 1971, graduated from U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, in 1979, and earned a distinguished graduate master of arts degree from U.S. Naval War College in 1989. He was appointed the 17th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office on June 12, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he spent 37 years in the U.S. military, rising to the rank of four-star general in the Air Force. During his time in the Air Force he commanded the Air Force’s first stealth fighter wing and held several senior staff positions at the Pentagon.
He was born October 3, 1949, in Hibbing, Minnesota, to Clifford and Helen Carlson. He spent most of his childhood moving throughout the northern half of the state as his father was promoted within the Minnesota Forestry Department. When the family moved to Brainerd, Minnesota, Helen Carlson (who had been baptized into the Latter-day Saints faith in her youth) was able to take her children to a small branch of the Church that met nearby. Bruce and his wife, Vicki, have three children and nine grandchildren.
For more about him, see:http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/57459/Defender-of-the-faith.html and http://www.nro.gov/carlson-bio.html