Bruce grew up the oldest of seven children on a small farm in Northeast Georgia. He attained the rank of Eagle in Boy Scouts, was active in the church and 4-H, and ran several small businesses such as baling hay and shoeing horses. When 9/11 happened during Bruce's senior year of high school, he felt the call to serve and decided to join Army ROTC at the University of Georgia. Upon earning his Officer's commission in 2006, Bruce reported to Fort Benning, Georgia for the Infantry Basic Officer Leader’s Course and Ranger School. In 2008 he deployed with the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, and led his Platoon in Margah, Afghanistan, which was THE most attacked combat outpost in theater at the time. During the deployment the Company Executive Officer (XO) was killed in action, and Headquarters selected Bruce to become the new Company XO. Following his time in that position, Bruce returned to Fort Benning for the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course (MCCC) in 2009. He graduated from the course and was invited to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC). In 2011, Bruce graduated SFQC and was immediately assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. With 7th Group, he deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 and Paraguay in 2013 as an Operational Detachment Alpha (or A-Team) Commander. During the Afghanistan combat deployment, Bruce successfully led his A-Team through a dangerous and seemingly impossible mission to open up a new District that had been under complete Taliban control for four years. After his tours overseas, Bruce moved back to Fort Benning, GA in early 2014. Bruce served as a MCCC Instructor at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). In 2015, he took over the WHINSEC MCCC as the Course Director. This directly led to his promotion to Major. After 10 years of active duty service, Bruce transitioned to the Army Reserves in 2016 and began working in medical sales. Bruce has put roots down in Columbus, becoming involved with a number of local organizations.
Bruce's wife, Stephanie, also grew up as a member of a large family on a small farm in Preston, GA. She was active in agricultural competitions and her church. She has worked as a licensed financial advisor and small business owner, and currently stays home with their three children: Charlie (10), Ava (3), and Evan (<1).
The Friends for Bruce Exploratory Committee is assessing the viability of a 2018 Bruce McPherson run for office in Southwest Georgia. But before formally announcing candidacy, Friends for Bruce MUST raise a significant amount of seed money to demonstrate viability and come into the ring swinging. Your financial support, as well as your prayers, will enable us to meet our goals. Thank you for your generous contribution to Friends for Bruce.