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Brian Reed


Military Service

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Major


17 years served


Seeking a career in manufacturing & construction


Coloma, MI

About Brian

I grew up in a small town on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan called Coloma. I enlisted in the Marine Corps as an Avionics technician after 9/11. I earned my officer commission in 2005. I well in training that I was able to get my first choice in jobs – aircraft maintenance officer. After graduating number one in my class at aircraft maintenance school I was thrown right into the fire and became the maintenance and logistical leader for a harrier squadron in Yuma, AZ. As a 2ndLt I reported directly to a commander 4 levels above me. I successfully deployed to Iraq within months of getting to the squadron with 6 aircraft and 100 maintenance technicians. During that time we set operational squadron records by flying over 100 sorties and 600 flying hours a month. I did so well at my job that I was asked to redeploy within a month of returning. Being the true patriot that I am I said yes. This time however I gained valuable experience working with my ally peers in the Philippine and Thai air forces as we conducted joint operations in both places. My next set of career goals brought me to Marine Aviation Logisitics Squadron 29 in Jacksonville, NC where I became the senior officer for the maintenance department. Leading logistical operations and training for a 650 manned unit. During this time I furthered my civilian education and earned a masters degree in leadership, change and project management as well as a black belt training in lean six sigma. Having successfully met my goals I decided to return to my Marine Corps roots so I applied for and accepted to lead drill instructors and make Marines at Parris Island in South Carolina. I worked long hours with these guys and I loved it. I led at the company level and left as a senior executive officer – hand selected to lead my peers. Having met all military goals I decided to join the Lockheed Martin team and stand up the first F-35B JSF training squadron in Beaufort, SC. I had full autonomy with this position and was able to create the first standard operating procedures and also set up the first supply warehouse to support maintenance and logistical operations. After successfully standing up the squadron and training the Marine Corps first 50 F-35B pilots I took a position with Gulfstream Aerospace in the procurement department. My family and I would now like to move home to southwest Michigan and would greatly appreciate any assistance in facilitatiing the transition.

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8 months ago

How is manufacturing different outisde of military defense and aerospace?

My career experience is the military, defense contracting and aerospace. I would like to get mentored in the manufacturing world...

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