R Bruce Telfeyan, MS, USAF Lt Col (ret)

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Bruce Telfeyan, an active AMS Member, is Chief of the Technology Exploitation Branch of the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt AFB in Nebraska. Mr Telfeyan grew up in Great Neck, New York, graduating from Great Neck South High School in 1966. He entered the University of Kentucky that year, majoring in mathematics. Mr Telfeyan completed the four-year Air Force ROTC program, earned his commission, and graduated with a BS degree in 1970. He then entered graduate school in educational delay status, earning an MS degree in meteorology from Cornell University in 1972. Mr Telfeyan began active duty with the United States Air Force in 1972 and spent his initial assignment of 7 years at the Air Force Global Weather Central. 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 United States, 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. Mr Telfeyan 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 the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in Alabama. Subsequently, he served three years as the Weather Detachment Commander at Plattsburgh AFB in New York. In 1987, he was reassigned to HQ Seventh Weather Wing at Scott AFB in 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 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 in 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. He later worked as a meteorologist in AFGWC's—now AFWA's—Requirements Branch. Mr Telfeyan 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. In addition to the Air Command and Saff College, Mr Telfeyan is a graduate of the Air War College, the 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. Mr Telfeyan has been a full member of the AMS since 1970, a two-time president of his local AMS chapter, and a member of the National Weather Association. He is currently chair of the AMS Weather Analysis and Forecast Committee, previous chair of the AMS Board for Operational Government Meteorologists, a previous member of the AMS Local Chapter Affairs Committee, and a previous member of the AMS Board for Enterprise Planning. He is married to Connie, the Omaha Public Schools Risk/Safety Manager, and resides in Bellevue, Nebraska. His children are Brad, an attorney in Nashville, and Jennifer, a food scientist in New York. He has two grandsons, Henry and Gus, of Nashville, TN.

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