WASHINGTON, D.C.: Columbia native, Lower Richland High School and South Carolina State University graduate, Bruce T. Crawford, was promoted to Lieutenant General on August 17th in Washington, D.C. Crawford was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Army on August 1, 2017. In his role as the CIO, Crawford is responsible for the Army’s information technology strategies and policies. In addition, he manages the Army’s $10 billion in information technology investments to support the Army’s warfighting capabilities, information security, force structure, and communications equipment. “I am humbled by this appointment and can think of no greater honor than being afforded the opportunity to continue to serve as the Army’s CIO,” Crawford said.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Crawford is a 1981 graduate of Lower Richland High School and has over 31 years of military service in a variety of leadership positions at all levels. Crawford’s many command and staff positions have prepared him for his new role, but he credits his experiences growing up for his accomplishments. He credits his success to his grandparents, Heyward and Grace Spigner, both deceased, his mother, Sarah Crawford, and his father, Daniel Alston, Jr. Crawford learned valuable lessons about the importance of self-worth from his mother who still resides in Columbia. From his father, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who also resides in Columbia, he learned the value of education and self-discipline. Dr. Clarence Hill, veteran, Columbia resident, and his former high school teacher, took Crawford under his wing and convinced him to continue his education after learning guidance counselor told Crawford he was not college material. When asked about his leadership philosophy, Crawford said that leaders must “treat people with dignity and respect at all times.” He understands the importance of taking advantage of opportunities and is forever grateful for the many people in his life who have placed opportunities in his path.
Crawford met his wife, Dianne, while they were students at South Carolina State University. They are the proud parents of two sons, including one currently serving in the U.S. Army, and another studying computer science at West Virginia University. Crawford was commissioned an Army officer through SCSU’s Army ROTC program after graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He also holds master’s degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Previous assignments include Commanding General of the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and Commanding General, 5th Theater Signal Command in Wiesbaden, Germany, and Director of Cyber in Europe. He has also served in numerous command and staff positions in Washington, D.C., Hawaii, North Carolina, including multiple deployments to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.