Bradley C. Hosmer

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Bradley C. Hosmer
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Lieutenant General Bradley C. Hosmer
Born (1937-10-08) October 8, 1937 (age 79)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1959-1994
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Superintendent, USAF Academy
National Defense University
Battles/wars Vietnam
Awards Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star (2)
Air Medal (5)

Lieutenant General Bradley Clark Hosmer (born October 8, 1937) served as the twelfth Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1991 to 1994. He was the first Academy graduate to return as superintendent.

Education and training[edit]

Hosmer was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1937.[1][2] He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 from the United States Air Force Academy, where he was the top graduate of the Academy's first graduating class. He subsequently won a Rhodes Scholarship and earned his master's degree in international relations from Oxford University, England. Hosmer is also a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School, the Naval Command and Staff College and the National War College.

Military assignment history[edit]

Hosmer served in a variety of staff positions, including vice director of the Joint Staff and Air Force Inspector General. He commanded the 479th Tactical Training Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico from 1978 to 1979; the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia from 1979 to 1981; and the 831st Air Division, George Air Force Base, California from 1981 to 1982. From 1986 to 1989, he served as president of the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. Hosmer was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, in aircraft to include the T-33 Shooting Star, T-37, AT-38, O-1, F-4, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, F-100, and General Dynamics F-111.

Awards and decorations[edit]

His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
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Military offices
Preceded by
Charles R. Hamm
Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy
1991 – 1994
Succeeded by
Paul E. Stein
Preceded by
Buford D. Lary
Inspector General of the Air Force
1989 – 1991
Succeeded by
Eugene H. Fischer