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Air Force Weather

  R. Bruce Telfeyan, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)

R. Bruce Telfeyan

Bruce Telfeyan was born 10 September 1948 and spent his childhood
years in Great Neck, New York. He graduated from Great Neck South
High School in 1966 and entered the University of Kentucky that
August. He majored in mathematics, completed the four-year Air Force
ROTC program, earned his commission, and graduated with a BS in May
1970. He then entered graduate school in educational delay status,
earning an MS in meteorology from Cornell University in August 1972.
He entered active duty in 1972 and spent his initial assignment of 7
years at Air Force Global Weather Central (AFGWC). Initially, he
worked as a computer operations manager, but after a year, obtained an
assignment into the weather forecasting division. For the next three
years, he wrote centralized terminal forecasts for 103 locations
across the U.S., issuing a total of nearly 30,000 individual weather
predictions. Later, he advanced to become an assistant team chief,
and eventually, as a team chief, he directed the efforts of 32 weather
forecasters. He was then reassigned to the Air Force ROTC program and
spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha. His next destination was Air Command
and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Subsequently, he served
three years as the Weather Detachment Commander at Plattsburgh AFB,
New York. In July 1987, he was reassigned to HQ Seventh Weather Wing,
Scott AFB, Illinois, where he served as the Weather Liaison Officer to
HQ Air Force Communications Command and then as the Wing Commander's
on-scene representative in HQ Military Airlift Command. In August,
1990, three weeks after the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, he reported to
Izmir, Turkey where he served as the Director of Meteorology and
Oceanography for NATO's Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force. He was
responsible for weather support to the Allied Command Europe Mobile
Force deployment of Italian, Belgian, and German fighter squadrons
into Turkey for defensive purposes during the Gulf War. Upon leaving
Izmir, he headed to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and served as Deputy
Directory of Weather for HQ Air Force Materiel Command. Following
retirement from the USAF in 1993, he moved to AFGWC and spent 19
months as a Chief Forecaster in the Meteorological Products Branch.
For the past 2 + years, he has been a meteorologist in AFGWC's (now
the Air Force Weather Agency's) Requirements Branch. A member of the
American Meteorological Society (AMS) since 1964, he has been active
in local AMS chapters in Omaha, where he currently serves as
President, Dayton, and St. Louis. He served as the primary night shift
meteorologist during Steve Fossett's three around the world balloon
flight attempts in 1996, 1997, and 1998. He conducted critical
analyses of northern hemisphere circulation patterns in preparations
for these flights. He also performed precedent-setting work in
developing techniques for avoiding unfriendly countries during
Fossett's 1997 flight. He is active in his church as a member of the
choir and serves as a volunteer fund raiser for public radio station
KVNO. In addition to ACSC, he is a graduate of Air War College,
Squadron Officer School, the Air Force Academic Instructor School,
Introduction to Acquisition Management, and the NATO Officer
Orientation Course. His military decorations include the Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three
oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force
Achievement Medal, and the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal. His
children, Brad, age 18, and Jennifer, age 16, live in Nashville,
Tennessee.

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