The life of a soldier involves more than just combat. It’s a commitment – to training, to sacrifice, to never leaving a fallen comrade.

One officer’s story

About The Author

Major David A. Combs entered the United States Army on 22 August 1985. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He graduated from the Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1991.

Major Combs’ assignments included: Fire Support Sergeant, A-Company, 3/75 Ranger Battalion; Senior Fire Support Sergeant, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; Colt Team Leader and Battalion Fire Support Officer, 3/29 Field Artillery, 4th ID, Fort Carson, CO; Fire Support Officer, C-Company, 2/75 Ranger Battalion, Fort Lewis, WA; Battery Commander, 1-15th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; Army ROTC Instructor, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA; POW/MIA Team Leader, Joint Task Force Full Accounting, Camp H.M. Smith, HI; Assistant S-3, 25th ID(L) DivArty, Schofield Barracks, HI; Strategic Planner, Combined Forces Command— Afghanistan.

His military and civilian education achievements include a Bachelor of Science Degree, Officer Candidate School, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, Command and General Staff College. Military Schools include Ranger, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Airborne, and Military Free Fall.

Awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (6), Joint Service Achievement Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (6), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) with Arrowhead Device and Bronze Service Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean War Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Bronze Service Star (Combat Parachute Jump).

He now continues to serve the United States Department of Defense as a military contractor.


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