SFC Melvin Brandenburg

SFC Melvin Brandenburg

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  • PVT Feb 90
  • PV2 Oct 90
  • PV2 Sep 03
  • PFC Mar 04
  • SPC May 04
  • SGT Dec 09
  • SSG Mar 12
  • SFC Jan 16

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Senior culinary program manager for a recruit sustainment program. Hold teaching licenses in several states for STEM content. 20 years military service as culinary specialist and culinary manager. 22 years civilian culinary arts experience. 7 years teaching experience. Earned 2 associate degrees (arts & arboriculture), BS forestry, MA of Instruction, and completing a doctor of education.

Military Experiences

Feb 2020 - Present
Feb 2018 - Feb 2020
Senior Culinary Manager
Lead the culinary program of 13 detachments throughout the state of Minnesota. Responsible for monitoring, leading, and mentoring a platoon size element of soldiers E1 through E6. Prepared meals at unit of assignment and traveled to detachments to perform duties. Led training events and ensured accounting activities were completed in a timely manner.
Dec 2015 - Jan 2018
1-112 AVN
Culinary Manager
Battalion food operations manager. Section leader for 8 culinary specialists. Contributed to six soldiers being retained, one of which completed officer candidate school. Motivated three soldiers to have suspension of favorable personnel actions lifted. Two soldiers promoted to NCO ranks. One soldier retained held pay grade of E6. Perform all administrative tasks using AFMIS
Aug 2014 - Dec 2015
334th BSB
Platoon Sergeant
HQ platoon sergeant and culinary operations section leader. Responsible for 9 culinary specialists and turned severely dysfunctional culinary section around, building it into an arguably highly functional and successful section. Resolved serious issues such as EO and SHARP issues, as well as general lack of military bearing. Was able to successfully lead soldiers to be mission effective during JRTC rotation. Motivated three soldiers to exceed standards of physical fitness and two soldiers to assume NCO ranks.


(3 years, 11 months)
Jul 2007 - Mar 2008
Kosovo ribbon
Feb 2004 - Jun 2005
Afghanistan ribbon
Dec 1991 - Aug 1993
I served in Germany while part of active duty, regular army.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools
Individual & Special Skill Schools

Sep 2013

Unit Retention Specialist

Jul 2010

May 2010

Vehicle Convoy Operations Trainer

Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance

Personal Information

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