Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford has been named the commencement speaker for Morris College’s 108th Commencement Ceremony. Lt. Gen. Crawford will address the Class of 2019 on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Sumter County Civic Center (700 West Liberty Street, Sumter, S.C.)
Lt. Gen. Crawford became the Army Chief Information Officer in August 2017 where he oversees the Army’s $10 billion IT investments, manages enterprise IT architecture, establishes and enforces IT policies and directs delivery of operational C4IT capabilities to support warfighters and business users. As the G-6 he also advises the Chief of Staff of the Army on the network, communications, signal operations, information security, and force structure.
The Columbia native was commissioned through South Carolina State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program on May 28, 1986, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. Following his undergraduate career, Lt. Gen. Crawford obtained a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University before going on to receive his second Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forced.
Crawford is also a graduate of the U.S. Army's Signal Corps Basic and Advanced courses, Airborne School, Advanced Airborne School, Ranger School, and the Command and General Staff College.
Throughout three decades of service, Lt. Gen. Crawford served in a verity of leadership positions climbing his way up the ladder as he accepted roles at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.
His previous assignments include serving as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Army Staff, Pentagon, D.C. Prior to that, he served as the 14th Commander, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground Senior Mission Commander, Aberdeen, Md. Prior to that, he served in the posts of J6, Director of C4/Cyber and Chief Information Officer, U.S. European Command; Commanding General, 5th Signal Command (Theater); and G-6, U.S. Army Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany. His command assignments include the 516th Signal Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and B Company, 51st Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.
His key staff assignments include Director of the Coordination Group for the Chief of Staff of the Army, Pentagon, Washington D.C.; Division Chief of LandWarNet Integration for the Army CIO/G-6, Pentagon, D.C.; Division Chief for Net-Centric Assessments/Analysis Branch, later Executive Assistant to the J6, Joint Chiefs of Staff, D.C.; and Assistant Operations Officer, and later Corps Emergency Deployment Readiness Officer, for the 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., and Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, Saudi Arabia.
Lt. Gen. Crawford’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Army Achievement Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters). LTG Crawford is authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Lt. Gen. Crawford and his wife, Dianne, have two sons, Bruce, Jr., and Corey.