Sergeant Major David M. Combs (U.S. Army, retired) is the senior enlisted advisor for 3rd Battalion.
SGM Combs entered the Army in 1986. Upon completion of Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School, he reported to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a private. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, where he served until 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 1990, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Kobbe, Panama, where he served as team leader. In 1991, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division where he served as squad leader. In 1995, SGM Combs moved to Company D, 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion, LRSD, Camp Hovey, Korea, where he served as surveillance team leader.
In 1996, SGM Combs was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as squad leader for two years, followed by Fox Company, 51st Infantry, (LRSC) 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as surveillance platoon sergeant.
In 1999, SGM Combs was assigned to the U.S. Army Alaska Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, where he served as small group leader while teaching the Warrior Leader Course. In 2001, he went to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, U. S. Army Alaska, where he served as scout platoon sergeant.
In 2003, SGM Combs was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry, Fort Drum, New York, 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 2007, SGM Combs was assigned to the Combat Applications Group (ABN) Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 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 (second award), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Bronze Star Medal with 2nd oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, 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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