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Captain Lyle Hall, USN Feb 22, 2018
OU Navy ROTC
OU Navy ROTC

Captain Lyle D. Hall is a native of Cement, Oklahoma. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his commission through the NROTC program.

Captain Hall most recently commanded USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) from May 2013 through July 2016, a 37- month command tour.  He led VICKSBURG through her maintenance and training cycles as well as an operational deployment as Standing NATO Maritime Group Two flagship from December 2014 to July 2015.  He operated in the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Adriatic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean during the assignment with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two.

Captain Hall also commanded USS TAYLOR (FFG 50) from December 2009 through May 2011, leading the ship during her operational deployment to the Sixth Fleet Area of Operations in support of Sixth Fleet Theater Security Cooperation requirements. Additionally, he served as the Deputy Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 24 from June through September 2011.

Captain Hall’s initial afloat assignment included tours as Main Propulsion Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, and Combat Information Officer on USS FAHRION (FFG 22). Additional afloat tours have included Amphibious Operations Officer (N31) at COMPHIBRON 6, Combat Systems Officer on USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59), and Combat Systems Officer (N6) at COMDESRON 28. He also served afloat as Executive Officer on USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79).

Ashore, he earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1999. Additionally, he graduated from the inaugural class of the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College in 2005 where he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy. He has completed two Joint assignments ashore as a Senior Strategic Policy Analyst at US Joint Forces Command in the J5 (Strategy and Policy) Directorate and as the Branch Chief for Lessons Learned at US Special Operations Command.

CAPT Hall assumed command of the NROTC Unit at the University of Oklahoma in July 2016.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and unit awards.

Stacy Bruce Mar 08, 2018
Bridges
Bridges

Stacy Bruce grew up the daughter of a football coach which means she moved towns about every 4 years.  However, it was Norman that she chose to call her home town.  Stacy graduated from Norman High School in 1993.  She then attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts.   

After college, Stacy began a career with the YMCA.  She worked in Dallas, Tulsa, OKC, and also Norman.  She held positions from health and wellness director to branch director to most recently Vice President of Operations at the Cleveland County Family YMCA in Norman.

In November of 2016, Stacy left a career of almost twenty years with the YMCA to become the Executive Director at Bridges of Norman.  The mission: “empowering high school students in family crisis to pursue education without obstacles” was what really sold Stacy on the career move.  Working with young people, addressing critical issues in the community, and helping youth succeed are all passions of Stacy’s.  Bridges’ mission and Stacy’s aspirations are synonymous and reflective of their commitment, focus, and passion to helping people.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Stacy also Co-Chairs the Norman Chamber’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program. Again, working with high school students is something that Stacy feels is a strength of hers.  She enjoys being silly with the students, mentoring the students, and watching their faces each week as they learn something new about the community in which they live.

Stacy will celebrate 19 years of marriage this year to husband, Shannon Bruce.  They have two amazing children: Madison Bruce, sophomore at Norman North High School and Landon Bruce, 7th grader at Whittier Middle School.  The entire Bruce family feels as if Norman is the best community in Oklahoma and are proud to call Norman home.