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Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack, USAF (Ret.), Hal Bidlack was born in Michigan in 1958 and resided there until his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1980. Beginning in 1981, he served for more than 25 years as an officer in the United States Air Force, retiring in September, 2006, as a Lt. Colonel. He now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Undergraduate & Graduate studies, University of Michigan.
Ph.D. in Political Science/American Government.
Home- Colorado Springs, Colorado
Hal received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan; his doctorate is in Political Science, with a focus on American National Government and Environmental Security issues. His degrees are- B.A. in Political Science and Minor in Economics (1980); MA in Political Science (1987); Ph.D. (1996).
Military Titles & Assignments
Military Police Officer, U.S. Air Force Security Forces.
Commander, Deputy Commander, and Instructor, Minuteman III ICBM weapons system.
Deputy Director, U.S. Air Force Institute for National Security Studies.
Director of Global Environmental Affairs, the National Security Council (White House). Military Security Clearance- TS/SCI.
Action Officer, Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (Pentagon).
Deputy Director of Security Programs and Military Advisor, Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to the Former Soviet States.
Senior Mentor, Air Force Academy.
Chief, Core Course Division, Air Force Academy.
Chief, Comparative Politics and Foreign Area Studies Division, Air Force Academy.
Director of Educational Technology, Air Force Academy.
Director of Personnel, Air Force Academy.
Executive Officer to the Dean, Air Force Academy.
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Combat Readiness Medal.
National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star.
Humanitarian Service Medal.
Air Force Achievement Medal.
Force Protection Badge.
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Hal served in the Political Science Department at the Air Force Academy, where he taught thousands of cadets — who often wrote in course evaluations that “the Colonel is the best teacher I ever had.” In the Fall of 2007, the Academy invited Hal to return to the faculty as a civilian. He is an expert on the Presidency, the U.S. Constitution, and the Founding Fathers. He is a recognized national authority on Alexander Hamilton.
Before arriving at the Academy in 1988, Hal was a weapons-systems officer and instructor in the Minuteman nuclear missile program in Wyoming. He is also a former USAF Police Officer.
Hal is a man of family values and strong principles — he and his wife, Martha, raised three great children in Colorado. They are now in law school and college. Sadly, after a long battle, cancer took Martha from her family four years ago.
Hal served twice in the Clinton White House with the National Security Council as Director of Global Environmental Policy. He served in the Bush Administration State Department as Deputy Director of Security Programs — work that dealt with issues including classified nuclear-weapons security in the former Soviet States. It was this duty that put him in the Pentagon on the horrific morning of September 11th, 2001.
In Colorado Springs, Hal was active as a coach in community youth football and baseball programs. He is a fitness buff, whose chief hobby is road cycling. His son is currently a law student; his older daughter is a college senior in Colorado; his younger daughter is a college freshman in Colorado.
Hal exemplifies real family values. He says, "I believe the role of the government is to protect the rights of all Americans, to remain fiscally responsible, to protect the right to privacy, to protect the economic health of the country, and to work tirelessly to ensure all citizens are safe and secure in their homes and communities." Hal states, "I'm committed to being part of the change this nation both yearns for and vitally needs.
The mismanagement and arrogance of recent years have made this nation less secure, less safe, less respected, and less fiscally responsible. The future is bright, if our leaders act responsibly and with vision." It is time for honor, character, and integrity to again be the hallmarks of our government. It is time for Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack to serve our district and our nation.