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We are excited to introduce Sergeant First Class (SFC) Curtis Ladue, our newest IFSEA Board Member and the Enlisted Aide of the Year Award recipient for the U.S. Army.

 SFC Ladue was raised in New York State, a native to the Adirondack Park, he grew up in a small-town Saranac Lake with his “loving family.” In 2003, he married his wife, Meghan Milana and they have five children together: Kamryn, Logan, Chasidy, Michael, and Mark.

 They currently live in Wiesbaden, Germany where he is stationed as the Enlisted Aide De Camp to, the U.S. Army Europe & Africa Commanding General, Christopher Cavoli. 

 In March of 2002, SFC Ladue began his career in the military by enlisting in the U.S. Army. “He completed his Basic Combat training in Fort Jackson Carolina, and his Advanced Individual Training in Fort Lee, Virginia, as a Food Operations Specialist.”

 Since enlisting, Curt has traveled all around the world and completed a total of 12 courses, military related and others associated with the foodservice industry including:

  1. Warrior Leader Course - Fort Drum, NY 
  2. Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course - Fort Lee, VA 
  3. Master Leaders Course - Fort Campbell, KY
  4. Battle Staff NCO Course - Fort Bliss, TX
  5. Contracting Officer Representative Course
  6. Food Service Management Course 
  7. ServSafe Certification Course
  8. Advanced Culinary Skills Course
  9. Enlisted Aide Training Course - Fort Lee, VA
  10. Aircrew Flight Support Training Course - Savanah, GA
  11. Mobile Retention Training Course 
  12. SHARP Training Course - Fort Belvoir 

His career timeline in the military is truly incredible:

2002 Squad Leader and First Cook 514th Maintenance Co, 548th CSSB Fort Drum, New York
2003 Deployed for 15 months Operation Enduring Freedom to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
2006 Deployed for 14 months Operation New Dawn to Camp Speicher, Iraq
2008 Food Operations NCO HHC 25th HHBN, 25th Infantry Division Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
2009 Deployed for 10 months Operation New Dawn to Camp Speicher, Iraq

In-Flight Chef (Supporting the U.S. Army’s most Senior Officers, Congressional Delegations and Foreign Dignitaries)

U.S. Army Priority Air Transport Command (USAPAT C20) Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

Enlisted Aide to HQDA G3/5/7 LTG James Huggins

HQ Department of the Army Pentagon, Washington DC

Magna Cum Laude Graduate

Associates in Advanced Culinary Theory Stratford University

Enlisted Aide to MG Ryan Gonsalves

4th Infantry Division Commanding General Fort Carson, Colorado

Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC), Supporting the Sec Army and the Army’s Senior Leaders

Army’s Executive Dining Facility Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Magna Cum Laude Graduate

Bachelors of Science in Management National American University

Enlisted Aide De Camp to General Christomer Cavoli Commanding

General U.S. Army Europe and Africa Wiesbaden, Germany

SFC Ladue has received many, many decorations and awards including his most recent win as the Enlisted Aide of the Year Award for the U.S. Army. He’s also received: 

  • Association of Quartermasters Honorable Order of Saint Martin
  • International Society of Logistics Demonstrated Logistician and Demonstrated Senior Logistician designation
  • Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Army Commendation Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Lead Clusters
  • Army Good Conduct Medal with a Bronze 4 Loop Clasp
  • National Defense Service Medal 
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars 
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal 
  • NCO Professional Development Ribbon with a Bronze Arabi Numeral 3
  • Army Service Ribbon 
  • Overseas Service Ribbon with a Bronze Arabic Numeral 3 
  • Meritorious Unit Commedation Award 
  • Drivers Badge 
  • German Army Proficiency Badge (Gold) 
  • Army Staff Identification Badge
  • German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship (Schutzenschnur" (Gold)

We are beyond honored that SFC Curtis Ladue has agreed to be on our board as a Military Advisor. His experience in the foodservice industry will work well with his knowledge of the military.

Thank you, Curt, for joining our almost 120-year-old association and for agreeing to be a part of our board to help us move forward and continue to be a huge impact on our men and women in the armed forces.

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