Brown Mackie College – Tulsa celebrates commencement with Congressman Jim Bridenstine
Congressman Jim Bridenstine of the First Congressional District Oklahoma served as commencement speaker for Brown Mackie College – Tulsa’s commencement on November 20, 2015. A total of 67 graduates received their diploma, Associate of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science degrees in the areas of business and technology, healthcare and wellness, legal studies and nursing. More than 750 people were in attendance.
Congressman Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, where he was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Environment Subcommittee.
Congressman Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings. While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN.
After leaving active duty, Congressman Bridenstine returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. His background includes a triple major at Rice University, a MBA from Cornell University, 9 years active duty in the United States Navy, and business experience in real estate, ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting.
Congressman Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve in 2010 flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs and most recently transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where he will fly with an MC-12 squadron stationed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
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