Sergeant Major David M. Combs is the Senior Enlisted Advisor for Third Battalion, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
Sergeant Major Combs entered the U.S. Army in August 1986. Upon completion of Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School, he reported to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC as a private in December of 1986. SGM Combs was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment where he served until March of 1990. SGM Combs was then assigned to 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment where he served for the next year as a UH-60 Blackhawk Door Gunner.
In April 1990, SGM Combs was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Kobbe, Panama where he served as Team Leader. In November 1991, SGM Combs was then assigned to 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division where he served as Squad Leader. In November 1995, SGM Combs was then assigned to Company D, 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion, LRSD, Camp Hovey, Korea where he served as Surveillance Team Leader.
In October 1996, SGM Combs was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division where he served as Squad Leader for two years. SGM Combs was then assigned to Fox Company, 51st Infantry, (LRSC) 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC where he served as Surveillance Platoon Sergeant.
In September 1999, SGM Combs was assigned to the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA) where he served as Small Group Leader while teaching the Warrior Leader Course (WLC). In July 2001, SGM Combs was assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, U. S. Army Alaska where he served as Scout Platoon Sergeant.
In September 2003, SGM Combs was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry, Fort Drum, NY where he served as Platoon Sergeant for 18 months. He was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry where he served as Rifle Company First Sergeant for three years.
In August 2007, SGM Combs was assigned to the Combat Applications Group (CAG) (ABN) Fort Bragg, NC where he served as Squadron Training NCO, Training Sergeant Major and Operations Sergeant Major for six years.
After 27 years of active military service, SGM Combs’ awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd award), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC) and the Air Medal.
SGM Combs is married to the former Deborah R. Potter from Grundy, Virginia and has three children: Jessica, Justin and Michael.
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