Lieutenant Colonel Brian ‘Buck’ Rogers USAF (Ret.) has the distinction of being among a small number of Americans to have held key roles in two components of what is called the nation’s Nuclear Triad.
He transitioned from being on nuclear alert as a ‘missileer’ – deep underground with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) – to piloting heavy bombers during a career spanning more than 22 years with Strategic Air Command (SAC) and Air Combat Command (ACC).
Rogers joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) on entering college, but few ying slots were available following the end of the Vietnam War. Following graduation, he went on active duty in 1978, initially to train as a Titan II missile launch officer.