Colonel David Francis Bio
COL David Francis is a native of Pennsylvania and received his commission from Gannon University, Erie, PA.
COL Francis served in a series of command and staff positions. After graduation from AVOBC and flight school, he served as an Assault Helicopter Platoon Leader in 2nd BN (Assault), 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Stanley, Korea and Infantry Liaison Officer in 1-506 Infantry from 1990-1991. He then completed the Aviation Officer Advanced Course and proceeded to Ft. Bragg, NC. From 1992-1996 he served as an Assault Helicopter Platoon Leader, Battalion Flight Operations Officer, Battalion Adjutant, and Assault Helicopter Company Commander in the 2nd Battalion (Assault), 82nd Aviation Brigade, Ft. Bragg, NC.
After company command, he moved to the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, CA. From 1996-1998, he served as an Assault Helicopter Company Trainer and S3 Trainer. From 1998-2001, he served as a Small Group Instructor, Aviation Captain’s Career Course, and Battalion S3, 1-145th Aviation Regiment, Ft. Rucker, AL. From 2002-2004, he served as a Battalion XO, 2nd Battalion (Assault), 25th Aviation Regiment, WAAF, HI, and Task Force S3, Task Force Diamond Head, Kandahar, Afghanistan. COL Francis assumed duties as the Joint Task Force Wings (25th AVN BDE) S3 in October 2004 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From June 2005-2007, COL Francis served as the Chief of Joint Task Force Certification, J7, US Pacific Command at Camp Smith, HI. From December 2007 to October 2010, COL Francis commanded 2nd Battalion, 25th AVN REGT (Task Force Diamond Head), and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10. From October 2010 to June 2011, he served as the Chief of Staff, 25ID (Rear), and attended the United States Army War College from August 2011 to June 2012.
He holds a BA degree in History from Gannon University. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Touro University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, the Jump Master Course, the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army War College.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with numeral 2, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Superior Unit award, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Service Medal. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Master Army Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.