Captain David M. Melton serves as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Recruiting Officer at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 765 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Captain Melton instructs the freshmen class curriculum, teaching cadets new to the program Air Force History and fundamental leadership principals. He is the primary point of contact for interested candidates.
Captain Melton attended The Citadel, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2014. He earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 765.
Captain Melton began his career at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota where he served as a Flight Commander, Officer in Charge (OIC) of Supply and Logistics, and Convoy Commander for the 5th Security Forces Squadron. Prior to his current position, Captain Melton served two and a half years at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. During his tenure as the Operations Officer for the 460th Security Forces Squadron he served as the uniformed officer responsible for executing Security Operations, Security Forces training, Counter Unmanned Ariel Systems and Military Working Dog operations for 460th Space Wing and the tenant units attached to the installation, to include detachments of the Aerospace Data Facility, and various foreign coalition forces.
EDUCATION 2014 Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. 2018 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
December 2014 – December 2017 Flight Commander, 5th Security Forces Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
December 2017 – June 2020, Operations Officer, 460th Security Force Squadron, Buckley AFB, Colo.
June 2020 – Present, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, The Citadel – Det 765, Charleston, S.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal National Defense Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with ‘N’ Device
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION Second Lieutenant May 14, 2014 First Lieutenant August 20, 2016 Captain August 20, 2018 (CURRENT AS OF JULY 2022)