Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford, the Army Chief Information Officer, was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Award this weekend for his outstanding efforts to mentor the next generation of American scientists, technologists, and engineers. The Hon Ryan McCarthy, Secretary of the Army, presented the award on Saturday, February 15 at the BEYA STEM Conference in Washington, DC.
As the Army CIO, Crawford reports directly to the Secretary of the Army, setting the strategic direction and objectives for the Army network, and supervises all Army C4 (command, control, communications, and computers) and Information Technology (IT) functions. As the G-6, he advises the Chief of Staff of the Army on the network, communications, signal operations, information security, force structure, and equipping. He also oversees the Army’s $10 billion IT investments, manages enterprise IT architecture, establishes and enforces IT policies, and directs delivery of operational C4IT capabilities to support warfighters and business users. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Crawford was commissioned through South Carolina State University’s prestigious Reserve Officer Training Corps after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Crawford becomes only the second active-duty Army officer to win the Black Engineer of the Year Award after retired Lt. Gen. Joe N. Ballard who received the award in 1998.
The BEYA STEM Conference is a three-day event. It hosted thousands of STEM professionals and students and which will feature Army senior leaders speaking on a variety of professional development panels, command seminars, mentoring sessions and other engagement opportunities on February 13-15 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.