Apr 10, 2023
Congressman Bacon

About Congressman Don Bacon

Growing up and working on a farm in Illinois, Congressman Don Bacon
learned first-hand how the value of hard work and commitment contributes to
the success of a small business. He moved from the family farm to attend
Northern Illinois University, from which he graduated with a Bachelors of
Political Science in 1984, the same year he married Angie, the love of his life.
They have three sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. One year later,
he began his military career by joining the U.S. Air Force and serving nearly
30 years, ultimately retiring as a Brigadier General.

During his career in the Air Force, Congressman Bacon specialized in
electronic warfare, intelligence, reconnaissance, and public affairs. His career
highlights include two tours as a Wing Commander, at Ramstein Airbase in
Germany and Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska; group command at
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona; squadron command in Arizona,
and expeditionary squadron command in Iraq. In total, Congressman Bacon
served 16 assignments including four deployments across the globe, three of
which were in the Middle East, and one assignment to Iraq in 2007 to 2008
during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Congressman Bacon’s military decorations include the Air Force
Distinguished Service Medal, two Bronze Stars, two Legion of Merits, five
Meritorious Service Medals, and the Aerial Achievement Medal. Additionally,
he was selected as Europe’s top Air Force Wing Commander for his time at
Ramstein Airbase, as well as recognized as a distinguished graduate of the
Air Command and Staff College, Navigator-Electronic Warfare School, and
Officer Intelligence School. Further, Congressman Bacon has earned two
Masters Degrees, from the University of Phoenix in Arizona and the National
War College in Washington D.C.

Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 2014, Congressman Bacon served
as the military advisor to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01), where he
specialized in military affairs focusing on Offutt Air Force Base and the
Nebraska National Guard. He also was an Assistant Professor at Bellevue
University where he taught Undergraduate Leadership along with American
Vision and Values (The Kirkpatrick Signature Series), until his 2016 election to
Congress, representing Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.

Presently, Congressman Bacon serves on two committees within the House
of Representatives: the House Armed Services Committee, and the House
Agricultural Committee.