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COLONEL BERNARD J. "BERNIE" GRUBER

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Colonel Bernie J. Gruber is Commander, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He is responsible for a multiservice, multinational systems directorate which conducts development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of all GPS space segment, satellite command and control (ground) and military user equipment. The $32B GPS program, with a $1B annual budget, maintains the largest satellite constellation and the largest avionics integration and installation program in the Department of Defense.

Colonel Gruber earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University and was commissioned in 1986. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Defense Systems Management College and the Joint Forces Staff College; he has commanded at the Squadron and Group levels. He is a member of the Acquisition Corps, a certified Joint Specialty Officer and National Defense Fellow alumnus. Colonel Gruber has distinguished himself in a variety of leadership positions within the operations, intelligence, launch, engineering, and acquisition disciplines, and has served in key positions at Major Command, Air Staff, Joint Staff and Defense Agency levels. Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Gruber was Chief, Space Superiority and Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division, Directorate of Programs, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION

1986 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
1990 Master of Science, Business Administration, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
1993 Squadron Officer's School, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
1999 Air Command and Staff College (IDE-Residence), Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
2000 Defense Systems Management College, Advanced Program Management Course, Fort Belvoir, VA
2003 Air War College (SDE-Seminar), Maxwell AFB, AL
2003 Joint Forces Staff College, Joint and Combined Warfighting - Intermediate Course, Norfolk, VA
2006 Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab - National Security Analysis Program, Laurel, MD
2007 National Defense Fellowship (SDE-Residence) Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS

1. October 1987 - February 1988, Configuration and Data Manager, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
2. March 1988 - August 1988, Subcontracts Program Manager, Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared System for Night System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
3. September 1988 - August 1991, Targeting Pod Projects Officer, Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared System for Night System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
4. September 1991 - June 1992, Air Force Institute of Technology, Education with Industry Program, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Sunnyvale, Calif.
5. July 1992 - July 1993, Chief, User Equipment Production, NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Joint Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
6. August 1993 - May 1994, Program Manager, Foreign Military Sales, NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Joint Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
7. June 1994 - November 1995, Program Manager, Advanced Military Devices, NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Joint Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
8. December 1995 - October 1997, AFMC/CC Commander's Action Officer, HQ Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
9. November 1997 - August 1998, Chief, Depot Maintenance Production, Logistics, HQ Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
10. September 1998 - June 1999, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.
11. July 1999 - June 2001, Program Element Monitor, Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) and Defense Support Program (DSP), Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Washington, D.C.
12. July 2001 - June 2003, Chief of Staff, Deputy Director for Military Support (DDMS) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Director for National Systems Operations, Washington, D.C.
13. July 2003 - July 2006, Commander, Space Operations Squadron and then Acting Commander (July 2005-2006), Space Operations Group, Operating Location, Europe.
14. August 2006 - June 2007, National Defense Fellow (Senior Developmental Education-Residence), Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
15. July 2007 - May 2009, Commander, 45th Operations Group, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.
16. June 2009 - July 2010, Chief, Space and Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division, Directorate of Programs, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs, HQ United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. July 2010 - Present, Commander, Global Positioning SystemsDirectorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Meal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
Overseas Ribbon - Long Tour
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2006 Awarded Superior Service Medal by Secretary of the Air Force, Special Projects
2004 Awarded Director's Circle by Under Secretary of the Air Force
2002 Awarded the National Reconnaissance Bronze Medal
1994 AFMC Junior Engineer of the Year
1993 AFMC International Award for Security Assistance
1993 NAVSTAR GPS Company Grade Officer of the Year
1990 LANTIRN Junior Company Grade Officer of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant Oct. 6, 1987
First Lieutenant April 29, 1989
Captain April 29, 1992
Major Aug. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 2003
Colonel Jan. 1, 2007




(Current as of: July 2010)





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