The director of the National Reconnaissance Office will speak at the 28th National Space Symposium.

The symposium is scheduled for April 16-19 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. It’s designed to bring together all sectors of the space community to highlight accomplishments and address issues facing the global space community.

Bruce A. Carlson will be one of the many speakers at the four-day event. He directs the agency responsible for space reconnaissance systems, intelligence-related U.S. national security activities and intelligence collections from space.

Carlson’s career includes a broad range of military, space and intelligence assignments. He was commissioned as an Air Force officer after graduating with distinction from the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

A command pilot with more than 3,700 flying hours in 10 different aircraft, his flying assignments included commanding the Air Force’s first stealth fighter wing, the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman AFB, N.M. His staff assignments included positions at Tactical Air Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and the offices of the Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of Defense. He also served as the director of force structure, resources and assessment on the Joint Staff; commander of the 8th Air Force, Barksdale AFB, La.; and Joint Functional Component Commander for Space and Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.

Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Carlson served as Commander Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, which is responsible developing, testing, acquiring, and sustaining Air Force weapons systems. He was promoted from Lieutenant General to General in 2005.

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Among Carlson’s many awards and decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Order of the Sword, Air Force Materiel Command. He holds a master’s degree from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.