Maj. Gen. D. Bruce Smith (Ret)
Show Date: July 31st, 2019
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Maj. Gen. D. Bruce Smith
United States Air Force (Ret.)
D. Bruce Smith retired from the Air Force in late 1997 at the rank of Major General after 33 years of distinguished service. His last assignment in the Air Force was as Commander, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. There he directed the post-graduate-level programs of the Air Force’s senior professional military educational institution and supervised a combined faculty of civilian and military professors teaching over 3,300 senior US and International leaders annually through in-residence and distance-learning methods. The curriculum focused on executive leadership, strategic planning, regional studies, and geo-politics.
After the Air Force, General Smith joined Lockheed Martin Corporation as Southern Region Director for Information Support Services in New Orleans, LA with primary contracts focused on Human Resource IT systems for the Navy and DoD. He subsequently accepted a Business Development position with Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in San Antonio, TX.
General Smith retired from Lockheed Martin in 2004 to form SBBS Consulting Services.
The general graduated from the Air Force Academy (CS-22) in June 1964.
In early assignments, he served as a B-52 aircraft commander/standardization and evaluation instructor pilot. He then held several positions as an F-4 fighter pilot, along with operational, staff, and command positions at squadron and wing levels in both F-4 and B-52 units.
The general was a Joint Specialty Officer (JSO) and served as a regional political-military affairs officer in the offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He served on the headquarters staffs of Strategic Air Command, US Air Forces in Europe, and US Forces Command. At Forces Command, he was both the Senior Air Force representative and the J-5 (Director of Plans, Programs and Policy) where he supported Operation Just Cause, oversaw mobilization of all Army reserve components for Desert Shield/Desert Storm; led fiscal Operations & Maintenance (O&M) programming submissions in excess of $450 million annually for the largest military command in the Department of Defense; and coordinated all military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other civil authorities including homeland defense, disaster recovery and continuity of government missions.
His senior command experience included Commander of the 97th Bombardment Wing at Blytheville (Eaker) Air Force Base, AR, and Deputy Commander, Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force (NATO)/Senior US military officer in Turkey. The general was a command pilot with more than 4,900 flying hours primarily in bomber and fighter aircraft, including 820 combat hours. His experience included over 17 years of bomber/fighter nuclear operations. He also held parachutist wings from the US Army and pilot wings from the Turkish Air Force.
In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree from the Air Force Academy, General Smith has a Master’s degree with Honors in Public Administration from Auburn University. His leadership education within the Air Force includes Air Command & Staff College, Air War College, and the Senior Joint Warfighter Course. He taught senior executive leadership, strategic planning and ethics classes for both the Air War College and the Air University Commanders’ Courses.
General Smith also completed the National/International Program for Senior Executives, John F.Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Subsequent to the Air Force, he attended the Strategic Leadership Institute Executive Program, Robert C. Goizueta Business School, Emory University. He also completed the Sandler Sales Institute Gold Course. He is a graduate of the New Orleans Emerging Civic Leaders Program and the Louisiana Center for Non-Profit Boards Certification. He is a Class IX graduate of the San Antonio United Way Masters of Leadership (MLP) program.
General Smith serves on the National Board for the Order of Daedalians and the Board of Directors for the Returning Heroes Home (RHH) based in San Antonio; plus he is past Chairman of the Board for San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired, and past Chairman of the Board for Blue Skies of Texas (Air Force Villages, Inc.), a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). He also served two-terms on the San Antonio City Airport Advisory Commission. He was Chairman of the Daedalians Foundation, 2010-2014.
He served on the Board for the Center for Strategic Studies in the Americas (CSSAM), a regional think tank from 2006-2009; and was a member of the Mayor’s and Governor’s Military Advisory Commissions of New Orleans and Louisiana respectively from 1997-2000. He is a member of the Air Force Association, World Affairs Council of San Antonio, Air Force Academy Association of Graduates Sabre Society, Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), and Masonic Scottish Rite. He is a 20+ year Rotarian and multiple Paul Harris Fellow.