Patrick P. Caruana served 36 years as a member of the U.S. Air Force, serving two years enlisted and 34 years as an officer retiring in the grade of Lieutenant General. During that time, he served in the full range of leadership and staff positions in both operation and acquisition. As an air campaign planner and commander during the first Gulf War, he directed the combat operations of 12 aircraft wings in six nations and the Indian Ocean.
He had oversight of several large development and procurement programs while supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon He completed his military service at Air Force Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colo. where he was responsible for all the Air Force space and missile operations. Gen. Caruana is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering. In 1972, he received a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Texas A&M University. He has also completed numerous professional military and management training courses offered within the Department of Defense.
General Caruana was honored in 1997 with the award of the Thomas D. White U.S. Air Force Space Trophy for his contributions to civil and military space progress. In addition, he was selected by UNICO, a national Italian-American society as the Outstanding Man of the Year for 1994.
He is a Command Pilot with more than 5500 flight hours in the following aircraft: T-37, T-38, KC-10, KC-135A, KC-135R, EC-135, RC-135, B-52, B-1, T-29, C-123K and C-21
After completing his military career, he joined TRW an aerospace company with a rich space and missile development heritage. When TRW was acquired by Northrup Grumman, he continued as a company officer until he retired on 1 February 05 as vice president for Northrop Grumman Space Technology. In this capacity Mr. Caruana was the single business development focal point for all of Northrop Grumman Space Technology Missile & Space Defense and was responsible for coordinating and ensuring synergy across a broad array of business initiatives. Responsibilities included extensive interaction with senior Department of Defense civilian and military leaders, Congressional members and senior leaders from other major aerospace companies. Representative efforts in Mr. Caruana's portfolio included the Airborne Laser (ABL), Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL), Space Tracking Surveillance System (STSS), several directed energy developmental programs, and a series of restricted Space Superiority development programs. These responsibilities also included management of multimillion dollar operating budgets
He served on the Focus on the Family Board for 18 years being the Chairman for the last 6 of those years. Upon completing his time with Focus he was honored as the Chairman Emeritus of Focus. He has served as a member of the President’s Cabinet for California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Calif. He is also a member of the CEO Forum Team dedicated to fostering the creation of Christian Senior Leaders within Corporate America. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Family Policy Alliance (FPA) formerly known as CitizenLink. FPA is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family and functions as a Christ-centered organization, whose vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.
Pat and his wife Lauraine have been married for 53 years. They have two adult children and seven grandchildren. They have been followers of Jesus Christ for 49 years.