News: Clear Lake City native takes on aviation leadership role
Story by Sofia Bledsoe
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - A Clear Lake City, Texas native recently assumed a key leadership role to manage the Army’s largest helicopter fleet.
Lt. Col. Bradley Bruce officially took on the responsibility as the new Product Manager for the UH-60M Black Hawk during a change of charter ceremony July 16 on Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
As PM, Bruce will oversee the fielding of the UH-60M Black Hawk to the next three combat aviation brigades.
With more than 2,000 aircraft, the Black Hawk is the Army’s largest procurement program with 28 configurations and mission equipment package variants, and represents approximately one-half of the Army’s rotary wing fleet.
The UH-60 Black Hawk provides the Army with air assault, general support, command and control, and MEDEVAC capabilities.
During the ceremony, Bruce thanked his mentors, colleagues and peers for their support and confidence in him to assume such a big responsibility. He thanked his family the most not only for their love and support, but also for instilling in him the passion to serve.
Bruce was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1995 upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. After graduation, Bruce attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training and UH-60 aircraft qualification course at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Bruce held several notable assignments including platoon leader, executive officer and battalion S4 in 2-4 Aviation Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas; commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-3 Aviation Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga; Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, 1st U.S. Army at Fort Gillem, Ga.; assistant product manager, UH-60 A/L/M and assistant product manager, Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
His most recent assignment was as the executive officer for the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology and Congressional Liaison to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in Washington, D.C.
Bruce has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University.
His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Bruce wears the Army Aviators Badge and the Airborne Badge.