Lt. Gen. Patrick P. Caruana retired as the Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
The general was born in St. Louis, Mo., and enlisted in the Air Force in 1957. He became a C-119 crew chief, received an Air Force Academy appointment, and graduated in 1963, later joining the faculty there. He is a command pilot, having flown more than 5,000 hours with 500 combat hours in the C-123 and KC-135A. He commanded the service’s first fully operational KC-135R wing, a strategic wing that supported Pacific fighter, reconnaissance, and SR-71 aircraft, an air division in both peacetime and combat, and the first space-numbered Air Force.
As an air campaign planner and commander directing strategic forces in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War, his people operated 12 wings of tanker, bomber, and battle management aircraft in six nations and the Indian Ocean area. At the Pentagon, he directed long-range power projection, special operations forces airlift, and training programs. As Air Force Space Command’s first 14th Air Force commander he directed the Air Force’s only space force which supports warfighting worldwide with ballistic missile warning, control of Department of Defense and NATO satellites, space lift generation and range operations, global space surveillance and warning, and ballistic missile test operations. In his retirement, he served on the Board of Directors of Focus on the Family and finished as the Chairman of the Board of that same ministry.
Fellowship starts at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the speaker. Ticket includes a meal. Outdoor venue, casual dress attire.