Dr. Craig M. Brandt Dean of Academic Affairs, and Deputy Commandant retires from the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management.
After graduating from the NROTC program at Rice University, Craig was commissioned in the United States Navy on 31 July 1964, and reported for duty at the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia. He graduated with distinction and in May 1965 was sent to be the supply officer of USS Vernon County (LST-1161), home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan. For two years the ship was occupied with the logistics build-up in Vietnam and as a support vessel in the Mekong Delta for Swift boats and Coast Guard cutters on "Market Time," a maritime interdiction operation.
Following his shipboard tour, Craig was assigned to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, Pascagoula, Mississippi, where as the material officer he was responsible for government-furnished material, provisioning and repair parts outfitting, and transportation in support of the construction of five different classes of ships. This served as the perfect experience for his first job in security assistance, the logistics/material officer of the Navy Shipbuilding Liaison Office, Europe, in Madrid, Spain. The principal program there was the co-production of five DEG-7 class frigates. After a year in the Spanish headquarters, Craig was sent to the Resident Shipbuilding Liaison Office at the shipyard in El Ferrol del Caudillo.
Returning to the U.S. in November 1972, Craig became the head of the Allowance and Load List Branch at the Navy Ships Parts Control Center in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. During the second half of his tour he headed the Special Programs Branch which included security assistance programs, support of Antarctica and Diego Garcia, and management of all Navy material handling equipment.
In January 1976, Craig reported as supply officer of USS Richmond K. Turner (CG- 20), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia and later in Charleston, South Carolina. The highlights of his tour included participation in OPSAIL, the bicentennial festival in New York City, and a deployment to the Mediterranean.
On a cold and snowy day in January, 1978, Craig became the last of the initial military cadre to stand up the fledgling Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management in Dayton, Ohio. During his tenure he was the logistics functional coordinator, the director of European studies, and developed the SAM-I (Industry) course for which he was the course manager. Craig was assigned to DISAM until his retirement from the Navy on 31 July 1984. Entering the private sector, he became a logistics analyst with Systems Exploration, Incorporation in Dayton, Ohio, primarily working on research and development of logistics projects such as the integrated management information system. He left industry in March 1987 to join the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology. During his last five years there, he served as the head of the Graduate Department of Logistics Management. While at AFIT, he won the national field award for international logistics education awarded by the Society of Logistics Engineers and the Air Force Association's Professor Ezra Kotcher Award for his development of the Air Force's first distance learning graduate program. He also received the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
In November 1998, Craig rejoined DISAM as the director of research, a position he held until his promotion to dean of academic affairs in May 2001. While continuing to teach logistics, he led the efforts to obtain academic accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.
Craig has received the designation of certified professional logistician from the Society of Logistics Engineers. He is the author of two books, Militam' Assistam'e aml Foreign Policy and The Fundamentals of Milita~3' Logistics as well as several articles and academic papers on logistics and security assistance topics.
Craig's contributions to DISAM and the international affairs community are numerous and significant--he will be missed. Fair winds and following seas--your DISAM shipmates.
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