Dave is a 1991 graduate of the University of Delaware and upon graduation he received his regular army commission as an Ordnance officer branch detailed to the Infantry. During his 30 years as a commissioned officer, he served in command and staff positions in the United States, Honduras, Germany, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His tours of duty include the 7th Infantry Division (Light) as a Lieutenant; the 1st Cavalry Division, 18th Military Police Brigade, and 1st Armored Division as a Captain; the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) as a Major and the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) as a Major and Lieutenant Colonel; and the 1st Infantry Division as a Lieutenant Colonel; the G-3/5/7 and Deputy Commanding Officer 21st TSC, and Joint Munitions Command Chief of Staff as a Colonel. He completed his tour of duty as the Executive Officer to the AMC G3 in Huntsville, AL.
He previously commanded Company B, 127th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division (Mechanized) in Hanau, Germany and the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range, NM.
As part of the War on Terrorism Dave deployed with the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) to OIF-1 as the Group S-4; the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) for OIF 05-07 as a Battalion Executive Officer and OIF 07-09 as the Brigade S-4; and during OEF 11-12 as the Commander of the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, First Infantry Division.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware, Master of Arts from Webster University, and Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air Force Air War College. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School, and the Air War College.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3rd award), Bronze Star Medal (4th award), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), NATO Medal (2nd award), Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab and Parachutists Badge.
Honorary Awards include the General Somervell Medal of Excellence, The Order of Samuel Sharpe, and The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.