Air Force foreign military sales lead to retire

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – After a 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Brig. Gen. Brian Bruckbauer, a Remer, Minnesota native, will retire in August.

Currently, he serves as the Director of Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation (AFSAC) in addition to being dual-hatted as the Air Force Materiel Command Director of International Affairs, with responsibility for developing and executing international agreements, and leading the Air Force Materiel Command’s $225 billion Foreign Military Sales (FMS) portfolio supporting American allies and partners around the world.

Bruckbauer entered the Air Force in 1992 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and served in a variety of command, Joint, and Air Staff positions prior to his current assignment.

“I have so many great memories during my service in the Air Force,” reflected Bruckbauer.  “I enjoyed every single job I had, and yes some were considerably more difficult and challenging than others, but it was also about the people we met along this journey that really made the difference.  Whether it’s the bosses I’ve had, my peers, or the teams I’ve been lucky enough to be associated with, I do feel like I’ve had a blessed career.  I’ve also been blessed to have such a great partner, my wife Stacye, to share these experiences with.”

During his tenure as Director of AFSAC, Bruckbauer led a number of successful initiatives to include development of a first-of-its-kind Data Visualization and Analytics (DVA) capability to connect the FMS enterprise, strengthening relationships and providing combat capabilities across all six U.S. geographic combatant commands, and the signing of a landmark agreement between the United States and India to co-develop and co-produce an Air Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

“It has been a pleasure serving as Director of AFSAC,” exclaimed Bruckbauer. “The AFSAC workforce is rarely in the spotlight, but performs absolute critical work supporting the U.S. National Defense Strategy to strengthen relationships between the U.S. and its 117 international partners.”

Col. Luke C.G. Cropsey, who has been selected for promotion to brigadier general, will replace Bruckbauer during a change of leadership ceremony August 13.