Committed to Serve...

Major Melvin Whittenburg (US Army, retired) was born and raised in Columbia, SC where he graduated from C.A. Johnson High School. It was in high school where Melvin first began honing his leadership skills, working as a student school bus driver and being named the Breakfast Optimist Club of Columbia‘s “Youth of the Week” in November 1980. After high school, Melvin completed undergraduate studies at East Carolina University where he was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He later pursued graduate level studies at the University of Phoenix and Georgetown University.

During his military tenure, Melvin had the privilege to serve our country proudly in a number of military and humanitarian relief operations, including: Hurricane Hugo, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and the Global War on Terror.

After retiring from the Army, Melvin used his leadership ability and business acumen during a successful career with ExxonMobil Corporation, where he also devoted his time to the advisory boards of four non-profit organizations and served as the Community Outreach Chairman of the Veterans Advocacy Support Team and Black Employee Success Team until his retirement in 2017.

Although Melvin’s military and business career have taken him across the country and around the world, he has remained devoted to his beloved state of South Carolina and  is currently a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association of America, and the Association of the United States Army.

Melvin is married to the former Angelina Jimenez and has two daughters, Savannah and Sydney.

Melvin with wife Angelina
Melvin with wife Angelina
Melvin and daughters Savannah (l) and Sydney (r)
Melvin and daughters Savannah (l) and Sydney (r)

What Leaders Say About Major Melvin Whittenburg (US Army, retired)...

“Your performance and potential clearly identify you as one of the Army’s promising leaders” Lieutenant General Henry Glisson, US Army

“You have been identified as an officer with significant potential for increasingly higher levels of leadership and staff responsibility. I have no doubt that you will continue to excel and serve our soldiers, their families, and this great Nation with pride” Lieutenant General John Pickler, US Army

“Our Corps and our Army will continue to be successful through the dedication and professionalism of soldiers such as yourself” Major General Hawthorne Proctor, US Army

“You have a bright future in our Army” Brigadier General Robert Roper, US Army

“He possesses the talents rarely seen in any officer. He is among the top 5% of the officers of any Service with whom I have served” Colonel Stephen Passero, US Army

“Stars in the future. Captain Whittenburg possesses the talents rarely seen in any officer. Mel has unlimited potential and will continue to make an impact throughout his career” Captain John Proctor, US Navy

“An outstanding performance from an exceptional officer. Mel has done it all and excelled in every regard. A great asset to this organization and the US Army. A truly gifted leader and soldier” Colonel Joseph Thomas, US Army

“Major Whittenburg is an outstanding officer who has performed in a superb manner while assigned to Headquarters, Department of the Army. He is a visionary thinker who translates concepts into timely sound action plans. Promote to Lieutenant Colonel as soon as possible” Colonel John Morris III, US Army

“While racing across Iraq with the 24th ID during the ground offense of Operation Desert Storm. First Lieutenant Whittenburg’s performance was outstanding, even under the adverse conditions” Lieutenant Colonel Raymond L. Rodon, US Army

“Major Whittenburg’s expertise has been nothing less than flawless and beneficial to Defense Energy Support Center’s support to the warfighter” Lieutenant Colonel Edward Acevedo, US Air Force

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Melvin T. Whittenburg is a retired Army Major. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.