Raised on a farm in the Midwest, Don Bacon learned the value of hard work and the importance of fiscal responsibility. Don worked his way through college and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Political Science Degree in 1984. He also married his college sweetheart, Angie, in 1984. They subsequently had three sons and one daughter. He later earned Master’s Degrees from University of Phoenix and National War College.
Wanting to serve his country, Don joined the Air Force in 1985 and served for 29.5 years, retiring as a Brigadier General. He served in the intelligence, electronic warfare, reconnaissance and public affairs career fields and had 16 assignments all over the world. He commanded twice at the wing level, to include at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He also commanded one group, one squadron, and one expeditionary squadron. He deployed four times during his career to the Middle East to include commanding an electronic warfare squadron during the invasion of Iraq and a year-long tour to Baghdad during the surge in 2007-2008.
He won multiple awards during his time in the Air Force including Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merits, and two Bronze Stars. He was selected as Europe’s top Air Force Wing Commander (along with Angie as commander’s spouse) in 2009. He was a distinguished graduate in his Air and Command Staff College, Navigator School, and Intelligence School.
Don has also worked for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry as his Military Advisor focusing on Offutt Air Force Base and Nebraska National Guard, and was an Assistant Professor at Bellevue University teaching Undergraduate Leadership courses and American Vision and Values (The Kirkpatrick Signature Series).
Don may have retired the uniform, but he wasn’t ready to stop serving his country. He ran for Congress in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District in 2016 as a strong advocate for conservative values and fiscal responsibility. Don defeated the Democrat incumbent, becoming the only Republican challenger in America to do so in the 2016 elections.
Don is running for re-election to Congress in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.
Don resides in Papillion with Angie, his wife of 33 years.
Don Bacon was a member of the U.S. Air Force. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Air Force or the Department of Defense.