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James F. Bard, Jr.
Jim dropped out of high school in Baltimore, Maryland at age 16 and enlisted in the US Air Force at 17 in 1954. After several years in the service he realized that to improve his worth he had to improve his education. He began taking night classes. In 1968 Jim received an Associate of Arts degree in Engineering, Math and Science from Yuba College California. That fall he was accepted into the Air Force’s Bootstrap Program and admitted to UNO; graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of General Studies Degree. He majored in Business and Economics. Upon graduation Jim was selected to attend Officer Training School.
After commissioning Jim was assigned to Washington, DC in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a Management Analyst, then to Germany as the Chief of Management and Budget in a tactical fighter wing (TFW), and then to Georgia in another TFW as Chief of Management and Budget; with a short stint as Base Comptroller prior to retirement from active duty in 1980. Among his awards and decorations Jim is most proud of the Air Force Commendation Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals.
The following year, Jim went back to work for the Air Force as a civilian in the Air Force Plant Representative Office, Westinghouse Defense and Electronics Division, Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Certification as a Professional Logistician by taking courses with the Air Force Institute of Technology. Wanting another challenge, Jim took a position with the Baltimore District of the US Army Corps of Engineers as their Information Systems Planner. He finally retired on December 31, 1999. Jim was elected Secretary, 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Association in 2002 and is still serving. He co-authored "We Served With Honor - Memoirs of the Men Who Served the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing" – published by McDowell Publications (2009) and Helion & Company Ltd., England (2013).
Jim and his wife Ruth live in Westminster, Maryland. They have seven children and step-children, six grandkids and two great-granddaughters.
Distinguished Alumnus Award Winners
2016: Karine Sokpoh, J.D. (2004)
2016: James F. Bard, Jr. (1969)
2015: Karen Ressegieu (1972)
2015: Jim Ressegieu (1971)
2014: Mary Ann Borgeson (1993)
2014: Billy McGuigan (1999)
2014: Jennifer Schrodt (2008)
2013: Jen Carroll (2008)
2012: Joe Jeanette (1990)
2012: Eva Payne (2010)
2011: Colleen Visty-Schinker
2010: Roger Donlon
2009: Blake Edwards (1999)
2009: Johnnie Wilson
2008: John Fiene (1992)
2008: Frank Peak (1981)
2007: Robert Dahlquist (2002)
2006: Chuck Hagel (1971)
2005: Michael Mclarney (1989)
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