Bruce MacLennan


Preferred Name: Bruce
Nickname/Call Sign: Big Fella
Date Of Birth: May 30, 1935 (September 10, 2019)
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6
Hometown: Braintree, MA

Biography

“Big Fella” Bruce MacLennan was a Charter Member of the Super Sabre Society, a Life Member of the Red River Valley Association, a Life Member of the Order of Daedalians, Life Member of the Air Force Association, Life Member of  Military Officers of America Assoc., and belonged to the Command Bar Stoolers, the Theta Chi Fraternity and was a Life Member of the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Headhunters”.

Units Assigned

  • Primary Flight Training at Graham AB, FL (Civilian Contract) (T-34)
  • Basic Flight Training at Laredo AFB, TX (T-37, T-33)
  • 4/1960 Wings received
  • 4/1960-4/1961 F-100 Training, Luke AFB, AZ/Advanced F-100 Training, Nellis AFB, NV
  • 1961 523rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/27th Tactical Fighter Wing, TAC; Cannon AFB, NM (F-100)
  • 9/1961 Deployments: Operation Checkmate (Berlin Buildup), Chambley AB, FR (F-100)
  • 1962 Incirlik AB, Turkey (F-100)
  • 4/1963 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, PACAF, Misawa AB, Japan (F-100)
  • 7/1963 2nd Air Division, 13th AF, PACAF, ADC to Commander, Saigon, Vietnam (T-28, L-19 with VNAF)
  • 6/1964 68th Tactical Fighter Squadron/32 Tactical Fighter Wing (became 8th TFW prior to shifting to Thailand), George AFB, CA (T-33, F-4C)
  • 8/1965, Korat AB /Ubon AB, (First Night Owl Squadron over NVN), Thailand (F-4C)
  • USAF Fighter Weapons Squadron (F-4D)
  • Combat Hassle Test Program, Eglin AFB, FL (F4-D)
  • 1968-1971 Combat Operations Group, Directorate of Operations, Weapons Requirements Division, Directorate of Research & Development, Pentagon (T-39)
  • 1971 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
  • 1972-1973 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron, (with F-4 recheck at Homestead AFB, FL) Kunsan AB, Korea (F-4D)
  • 1973-1975 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron/81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Woodbridge, UK (F-4D)
  • 1975-1976 Operations Branch Chief, USAFE IG Team (F-4D/E)
  • 1976-1978 527th Agressor Squadron, the first USAFE Aggressor Squadron (F-5E)
  • 1978-1980 DCS Plans and Operations, Europe/NATO Division, Pentagon
  • 1980 56th Tactical Training Wing, Asst DCO/DCO, MacDill AFB, FL (F-4D, F-16)
  • 1982-89 PCS to OSD Plans, Military Assistant to Industrial Task Force, Pentagon
    AF member of first OSD DOT&E Directorate; Chief, OSD AMRAD Committee;
    Advisor, USAF R&D Directorate
  • 4/1/1989 Retired USAF with 30 years of devoted, honorable, dedicated, and thoroughly enjoyable service to my country. I would have stayed longer if Congress had allowed. Then. Not now!!

Awards & Decorations (Of Importance)

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Flight Info

T-34
T-37
T-33
F-100
T-28
L-19
F-4 C/D/E
T-39
F-5E
F-16

Military Education

  • 1971 Armed Forces Staff College
  • ICAF

Civilian Education

  • BS, University of New Hampshire
  • MS, University of South California

Colonel Bruce “Big Fella” MacLennan “Headed West” September 10, 2019
Big Fella MacLennan “Headed West” September 10, 2019 after a 4-year long battle with prostate and bone cancer. He is pre-deceased by his wife Eileen.
Bruce flew the F-100 with the 153rd Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Cannon AFB, in Operation Checkmate during the Berlin Buildup, and out of Incirlik. He also flew the Hun with the 416th TFS out of Misawa AB, Japan.
Bruce was a Charter Member of the Super Sabre Society, a Life Member of the Red River Valley Association, a Life Member of the Order of Daedalians, Life Member of the Air Force Association, Life Member of  Military Officers of America Assoc., and belonged to the Command Bar Stoolers, the Theta Chi Fraternity and was a Life Member of the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Headhunters”.
Services are being provided by Arlington Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.
More details will be provided by his brother John and will be posted as they are received.

Biography

Biography

“Big Fella” Bruce MacLennan was a Charter Member of the Super Sabre Society, a Life Member of the Red River Valley Association, a Life Member of the Order of Daedalians, Life Member of the Air Force Association, Life Member of  Military Officers of America Assoc., and belonged to the Command Bar Stoolers, the Theta Chi Fraternity and was a Life Member of the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Headhunters”.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • Primary Flight Training at Graham AB, FL (Civilian Contract) (T-34)
  • Basic Flight Training at Laredo AFB, TX (T-37, T-33)
  • 4/1960 Wings received
  • 4/1960-4/1961 F-100 Training, Luke AFB, AZ/Advanced F-100 Training, Nellis AFB, NV
  • 1961 523rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/27th Tactical Fighter Wing, TAC; Cannon AFB, NM (F-100)
  • 9/1961 Deployments: Operation Checkmate (Berlin Buildup), Chambley AB, FR (F-100)
  • 1962 Incirlik AB, Turkey (F-100)
  • 4/1963 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, PACAF, Misawa AB, Japan (F-100)
  • 7/1963 2nd Air Division, 13th AF, PACAF, ADC to Commander, Saigon, Vietnam (T-28, L-19 with VNAF)
  • 6/1964 68th Tactical Fighter Squadron/32 Tactical Fighter Wing (became 8th TFW prior to shifting to Thailand), George AFB, CA (T-33, F-4C)
  • 8/1965, Korat AB /Ubon AB, (First Night Owl Squadron over NVN), Thailand (F-4C)
  • USAF Fighter Weapons Squadron (F-4D)
  • Combat Hassle Test Program, Eglin AFB, FL (F4-D)
  • 1968-1971 Combat Operations Group, Directorate of Operations, Weapons Requirements Division, Directorate of Research & Development, Pentagon (T-39)
  • 1971 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
  • 1972-1973 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron, (with F-4 recheck at Homestead AFB, FL) Kunsan AB, Korea (F-4D)
  • 1973-1975 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron/81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Woodbridge, UK (F-4D)
  • 1975-1976 Operations Branch Chief, USAFE IG Team (F-4D/E)
  • 1976-1978 527th Agressor Squadron, the first USAFE Aggressor Squadron (F-5E)
  • 1978-1980 DCS Plans and Operations, Europe/NATO Division, Pentagon
  • 1980 56th Tactical Training Wing, Asst DCO/DCO, MacDill AFB, FL (F-4D, F-16)
  • 1982-89 PCS to OSD Plans, Military Assistant to Industrial Task Force, Pentagon
    AF member of first OSD DOT&E Directorate; Chief, OSD AMRAD Committee;
    Advisor, USAF R&D Directorate
  • 4/1/1989 Retired USAF with 30 years of devoted, honorable, dedicated, and thoroughly enjoyable service to my country. I would have stayed longer if Congress had allowed. Then. Not now!!

Awards & Decorations (Of Importance)

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Flight Info

T-34
T-37
T-33
F-100
T-28
L-19
F-4 C/D/E
T-39
F-5E
F-16

Military Education

  • 1971 Armed Forces Staff College
  • ICAF

Civilian Education

  • BS, University of New Hampshire
  • MS, University of South California
Photos
Headed West

Colonel Bruce “Big Fella” MacLennan “Headed West” September 10, 2019
Big Fella MacLennan “Headed West” September 10, 2019 after a 4-year long battle with prostate and bone cancer. He is pre-deceased by his wife Eileen.
Bruce flew the F-100 with the 153rd Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Cannon AFB, in Operation Checkmate during the Berlin Buildup, and out of Incirlik. He also flew the Hun with the 416th TFS out of Misawa AB, Japan.
Bruce was a Charter Member of the Super Sabre Society, a Life Member of the Red River Valley Association, a Life Member of the Order of Daedalians, Life Member of the Air Force Association, Life Member of  Military Officers of America Assoc., and belonged to the Command Bar Stoolers, the Theta Chi Fraternity and was a Life Member of the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Headhunters”.
Services are being provided by Arlington Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.
More details will be provided by his brother John and will be posted as they are received.

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