Sergeant Major David Burton entered the United States Army in July 1993 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama where he was trained as a Military Policeman.
Sergeant Major Burton’s subsequent positions and duty assignments include: Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant, 65th Military Police Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina 1993-1999; Drill Sergeant, A Company 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia 1999-2001; Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant, Airborne Military Police Platoon, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, Fort Wainwright, Alaska 2001-2003; Platoon Sergeant and Operations Sergeant, 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina 2003-2008; First Sergeant, 977th Military Police Company, Fort Riley, Kansas 2008-2010. Currently Sergeant Major Burton is the Operations Sergeant Major, 91st Military Police Battalion, Fort Drum, New York. He has an operational deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sergeant Major Burton has attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System, culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class 61. Sergeant Major Burton is also a graduate of the following military courses: the First Sergeants Course, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Drill Sergeant, Master Fitness, Protective Services, and the Special Reaction Team Course. Sergeant Major Burton holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Organization Leadership.
Sergeant Major Burton’s more notable awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with V device, Bronze Star Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (4), and the Army Achievement Medal (4). He has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Egyptian Parachutist Badge and the Chilean Parachutist Badge. Sergeant Major Burton is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and has been awarded the Military Police Corps Regiment's Order of the Marechaussee (Bronze).