Mr. Don Bacon
Growing up and working on a farm in Illinois, Congressman Don Bacon learned first-hand about
hard work and commitment. After graduating from Northern Illinois University, 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, Congressman Bacon specialized in electronic warfare,
intelligence, and reconnaissance. 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.
Elected to represent Nebraska’s Second District in 2016, he serves as the Ranking Member of the
House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department
Operations. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He and his wife
Angie have three sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren.