First Sergeant Sandel is a native of Stoughton, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January, 2001 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. Upon completion of recruit training, he attended Basic Ordnance Technician School at Pensacola, Florida where he received the MOS of 6500. Upon completion, he then attended MOS specific school of 6541, Aviation Ordnance, Intermediate Level, in Cherry Point, North Carolina. In October 2001, he received orders to report to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26.
During his tour at Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron, he deployed numerous times to include Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2007, and Iraqi Freedom in 2008 where he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Upon his return from Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008, Staff Sergeant Sandel volunteered for and reported to Marine Security Guard School to serve as a Detachment Commander. Upon completion of Marine Security Guard School in November, 2009, Staff Sergeant Sandel received his first post to MSG Detachment Lusaka, Zambia.
Staff Sergeant Sandel served as the Detachment Commander in Lusaka, Zambia from November 2009 to May 2011 where he completed a New Embassy Relocation. In May 2011, Staff Sergeant Sandel received orders to MSG Detachment Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he served as a Detachment Commander until March, 2012. Upon completion of Embassy duty, Staff Sergeant Sandel received orders to report to Station Weapons Miramar, California.
Staff Sergeant Sandel served as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Station Weapons Miramar, California, for six months where he was selected to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and changed his MOS from 6541 to 6591 and received orders to report to VMGR-352 where he served as the Ordnance Chief and Squadron Gunnery Sergeant.
While serving as the Ordnance Chief for VMGR-352, Gunnery Sergeant Sandel deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom serving as the Ordnance Chief and Senior Enlisted Advisor. During this deployment, the detachment conducted the closing of Forward Operating Base Bastion and relocated to US base Kandahar, Afghanistan. Upon return from deployment, Gunnery Sergeant Sandel served at VMGR-352 for another 14 months where he received orders to report to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina to serve as the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 Ordnance Department Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge where he served for two and a half years and was then selected to the rank of First Sergeant.
Upon selection to First Sergeant in January of 2018, First Sergeant Sandel attended First Sergeant’s Seminar and subsequently received orders to report to I&I, Madison, Wisconsin where he currently serves as the Company First Sergeant.
First Sergeant Sandel’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (third award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award), and the Good Conduct Medal.