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Lt. Col. Jesse L. Brokenburr

Distinguished Alumnus May 1985

Jesse L. Brokenburr was a 1965 graduate of Jewett High School, and was valedictorian of his class. He received his Associate in Arts degree from Polk Junior College in 1967 and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in 1970. He was named Superior R.O.T.C cadet at FAMU in 1967 and again in 1968.

He went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Operations Research at Georgia Tech in 1978, and his Master of Business Administration at Long Island University, C.W. Post Center, in 1981.

He began his distinguished military career in October 1970, following graduation from Florida A&M University, at Fort Benning, Georgia. After a tour of duty in Germany, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, he also served as a course director, which involved organizing, directing and supervising other instructors in the presentation of a college travel calculus course. He also served as a counselor to senior cadets on academic matters and Army career opportunities. Following his West Point service, he returned to Germany in July 1978, where he served until June 1984. At the time of his Polk State College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985, he was a career Army Officer serving at Forth Leavenworth, KS.

Brokenburr, a Winter Haven native, returned to Polk State College (known then as Polk Community College) in February 1977 as a participant and speaker in Polk’s Minority Awareness Program. Major Brokenburr is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Si fraternity and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities in 1970. He was selected to the FAMU R.O.T.C. Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded the Army’s Commendation Medal with the Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Brokenburr served his Nation faithfully as commander, Tooele Army Depot [TEAD], Tooele, UT, from July 1993 through July 1995. He commanded a multi-mission industrial complex spread over seven installations, in four different States.