Nov
25

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine Confirmed Speaker At The 2014 SCTPC Convention

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Congressman Jim BridenstineWe are pleased to announce Congressman Jim Bridenstine is now a confirmed speaker and will be joining us at the SCTPC Convention in January. He is a Navy pilot and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and lives with his wife Michelle and their three children in Tulsa, OK.

Bridenstine graduated from Rice University with degrees in economics, business and psychology. After college, he joined the Navy and became a pilot, flying combat missions off the USS Abraham Lincoln in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Shock and Awe in Iraq. Later, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet fighter at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN, where he flew “Red Air” and was also an instructor.

After leaving active duty, Bridenstine earned an MBA from Cornell University and returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Prior to his election, Rep. Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he flew the E-2C Hawkeye, a surveillance and operations command aircraft, in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs.
Additional Honors / Authorized to Wear
Eagle Scout
Air Medal
Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal x 2
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Expert Pistol Medal
Battle Efficiency Ribbon

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