ON TO RETIREMENT — Pictured is Jim Brucker, Springville-Griffith Institute graduate and retiring senior video teleconferencing specialist from El Paso, Texas. Photo by David Warren.
TEXAS — Jim Brucker, a Springville-Griffith Institute class of 1961 graduate and a senior video teleconferencing specialist with the Fort Bliss Network Enterprise Center of Fort Bliss, Texas, will be retiring from federal service after serving for 35 years.
Brucker joined the Peace Corps and was stationed in Bogota, Colombia, from February 1965 – February 1967. While there, he worked with the United States Agency for International Development, operating academic television systems to provide educational opportunities for local communities.
He joined the U.S. Army in July 1967 and served during the Vietnam War, until July 1970. He transferred to the Army Reserve, retiring at the rank of chief warrant officer 4, in April 2004.
In September 1984, Brucker began working for Range Control Command at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. In February 1986, he transferred to the newly-created video teleconferencing facility at White Sands.
White Sands, one of 11 VTC sites that began in 1986, known then as the VENUSS network, was one of the first of its kind within the U.S. Department of Defense.
In September 1990, Brucker accepted the lead position as the VTC facilitator at the Fort Bliss, Texas VTC Center.
Since then, VENUSS has became the Defense Video Systems Global, with more than 4,300 registered VTC sites. Brucker is the last of the original 11 facilitators that started the then-VENUSS program to retire.