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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1997
Home TownBritton, SD
Britton, SD

   Lyle Bien
Champion of Excellence

 After graduation from Veblen High School, V.A. Bien attended Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD where he received a B.S. in Biology. He enlisted in the military in November of 1967 and was designated Naval Flight Officer in 1968 after his graduation from Aviation Officer Candidate School. Following rigorous training in the F-4 Phantom Replacement Squadron at Naval Air Station, Miramar, Bien reported to Fighter Squadron 154. While there, he completed two combat deployments to Southeast Asia aboard USS RANGER.

In August 1971, Bien reported to Fighter Squadron 124 as an instructor for the first class of students to fly the F-14 Tomcat. Between 1975 and 1977, he made two deployments with Fighter Squadron 2 aboard USS ENTERPRISE. He then went on to be an instructor at the Navy’s elite Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known to most people as “TOPGUN.” <p>Bien became the Deputy Air Group Commander (CAG) in Carrier Air Wing 15 in February 1986 and deployed with the Pacific Fleet’s first senior CAG aboard USS CARL VINSON. Bien then went on to attend the post-command course at the Naval War College and assumed command of Carrier Air Wing 15 in June 1989. Following a Western Pacific deployment aboard USS CARL VINSON, Bien was assigned to the Naval Central Command Staff, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the Senior Navy Strike Planner for Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. <p>After attending the National War College in Washington, DC, V.A. Bien reported to the Joint Staff in the Pentagon prior to taking command of Naval Space Command. After one year at the Naval Space Command, he reported as Commander of Carrier Group Seven, which consisted of the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ, her air wing, and assigned cruisers, destroyers, submarines and support ships. <p>Vice Admiral Lyle Bien has logged more than 5,500 flight hours in fighter aircraft’s including 2,900 hours in the F-14, 1,300 carrier landings and 225 combat missions. <p>Bien's awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, three legions of Merit with Combat “V,” three Meritorious Service Medals, 11 Air Medals, the Navy Unit Commendation, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He has also been honored as Alumni of the Year at Augustana College. <p>Lyle Bien has the distinction of being the first Three Star Admiral from South Dakota.

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