Chief Master Sergeant Mark A. Burditt is the Manager of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He is responsible for the personnel, resources, training, deployment readiness, and duty management of the 45-member squadron in support of USAFE-AFAFRICA missions including building and preserving partnerships through official multi-national military, and international community outreach events.
A Wisconsin native, Chief Burditt graduated from the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay. Prior to enlisting in the Air Force, he performed from 1982-1990 as a staff musician at Walt Disney World. In 1990 he auditioned and was selected for assignment to the United States Air Force Academy Band where he served as trombonist as well as Resource Advisor, Director of National Tours, First Sergeant, Deployment Advance Team Lead, Director of Staff, and Logistics Superintendent. In 2011 he served as Superintendent and then Manager of the Band of the Air Force Reserve at Robins AFB, GA returning to the Air Force Academy Band in 2013.
He has performed with Diane Schuur, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Earl Klugh, Adalberto Santiago, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Turner, Little Big Town, Chris Daughtry, and in the orchestras of Warren Covington, Jimmy Dorsey, Larry Elgart, and Nelson Riddle. He has also had the honor of performing for numerous U.S. Presidents and dignitaries as well as the military Chiefs of Staff of the Russian Federation and China. Additionally, he has performed extensively and recorded with Denver's premier salsa band, Conjunto Colores and as an active music educator, has served as jazz trombone instructor at Colorado College and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Chief Burditt has deployed three times in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, spearheading the movement of Air Force bands downrange to perform for troops at numerous forward operating bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan and leading embassy and community relations performances in Djibouti, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. In 2008 he served as the director of operations for the Air Force Central Command Band.
Bachelor of Arts, Communication and the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
1990 Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course
1991 Noncommissioned Officer Correspondence Course
1995 Noncommissioned Officer Academy
2000 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Correspondence Course
2004 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy
2004 Associate of Music, Community College of the Air Force
2010 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Correspondence Course
2012 Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course
2013 AFSO21 Executive Leadership Course, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
1. August 1990-June 1993, USAF Academy Band, USAF Academy, CO
2. July 1993-September 2003, USAF Band of the Rockies, Peterson AFB, CO
3. October 2003-March 2011, USAF Academy Band, Peterson AFB, CO
4. March 2011-August 2013, Band of the USAF Reserve, Robins AFB, GA
5. September 2013- April 2015, USAF Academy Band, Peterson AFB, CO
6. April 2015-Present, USAFE Band, Ramstein AB, Germany
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze star
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant 1 Jan 2012
(Current as of June 2017)