Kendrick High grad now on the front lines of Operation Homefront

Bruce Alexander
Bruce Alexander

A Kendrick High graduate from Columbus has joined the staff of a national organization that helps military families with everything from financial assistance and basic food to housing and utility bills.

Bruce Alexander, who graduated Kendrick in 1978, followed by the the Citadel Military College of South Carolina, is now vice president of communications with San Antonio-based Operational Homefront, which was founded in 2002, the organization said Thursday.

Alexander, who came through the Harvard University Senior Fellows Program, is a retired Air Force officer who also has worked as communications chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, the organization said. He also has served as director of public affairs at several military commands during his Air Force career.

“Bruce shares our collective passion to give military families the opportunity to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect,” retired Brig. Gen. John I. Pray Jr., president and chief executive officer of Operation Homefront, said in a statement.

Operation Homefront says that 92 percent of its expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Since the organization’s inception, its relief program alone has provided more than $22 million in financial assistance for more than 15,000 military families across the U.S.