Elder Bruce A. Carlson

Elder Bruce A. Carlson

Second Quorum of the Seventy

Elder Carlson was born in Minnesota and is a convert to the Church. He spent most of his youth in northern Minnesota in what was, at the time, a part-member family where opportunities to attend Church were non-existent for most of that period of his life. As a result of his mother's influence, he joined the Church his senior year in High School when his family moved to the central part of the state where a branch of the Church was organized. He met, dated, and baptized his future wife, Vicki, when he was in college and she was a senior in high school.  They were married between Bruce's junior and senior year in college and were sealed two years later in the Salt Lake Temple.

In 1971, Elder Carlson was commissioned into the Air Force as a distinguished graduate from the ROTC program following graduation from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and reported immediately to Vance AFB, Oklahoma for Flight School. Since that time he has accumulated over 3,500 hours of flying time in several Air Force aircraft to include the F-4, Phantom, OV-10 Bronco, A-10 Warthog, F-16 Fighting Falcon, EF-111 Raven, B-52 Stratofortress, and F-117 Nighthawk, stealth fighter.  He has served on the staff's of the Secretary of the Air Force, Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff and has commanded an Air Force stealth fighter wing, the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico and the Air Force's bomber and Global Strike Numbered Air Force, the Mighty Eighth (8th Air Force) at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.  

In his final Air Force assignment as an Air Force General he commanded Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), headquartered at Wright Patterson AFB, OH.  AFMC is an organization of 73,000 people with an annual operating budget of over $7 billion. As its commander, Elder Carlson oversaw the Air Force's technology development, provided acquisition support and advice to AF civilian acquisition executives, managed AF test and evaluation and all AF sustainment and logistics operations. He retired as an Air Force General (4-star) on 1 January 2009.  

Following his retirement from the Air Force and prior to his call to the Seventy, Elder Carlson owned and operated a small defense consulting business. Following his call to serve as a member of the Seventy in April 2009 the Administration asked that Elder Carlson return to Government service as the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Washington DC. The Church approved that move and he acted in that position concurrently with his Church service from July 2009 until July 2012 when the Brethren asked him to return to full-time Church service. As the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office headquartered in Washington DC he supervised the development, acquisition, testing, launch, and operation of the Nation's reconnaissance constellation and its associated ground system. Since his return to full-time Church service he has served at Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City where he assists administering the Middle East/Africa North Area and on several general Church committees.   

Elder Carlson, Vicki, and their three children moved over twenty time during their more than 37 years of Air Force service. During that time Elder Carlson served in the Young Men's organization, the Church-sponsored Boy Scout program, as an Elder's Quorum President, High Priest Group leader, a Bishop's counselor, a Bishop, as a Stake Missionary, Stake Executive Secretary, and on the Stake High Council.  

They are the parents of two boys and a girl, all of whom are married. They have eleven grandchildren, six boys and five girls. Their oldest son, Bryan is an Air Force fighter pilot serving in the Texas Air National Guard, their daughter Jani is a homemaker in Houston, Texas, and their youngest son, Scott, is an aircraft structural engineer at Hill Field, Utah. The Carlson's currently reside in Bountiful, Utah.