Command Sgt. Maj. David W. Bass entered the Army in Jacksonville, Florida in November 1992. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and graduated as an 11B Infantryman.
CSM Bass’ previous assignments include: 2nd/504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, Georgia; 1st/27th Infantry “Wolfhounds”, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 1st/502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 1st/87th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; 1st/25th Stryker BCT, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana; the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk Command Sergeant Major. CSM Bass deployed twice to Iraq in support of OIF II and OIF 07-09 and twice to Afghanistan in support of OEF 10-11 and OEF XIV.
CSM Bass’ military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System culminating with his graduation from Class 59 of the Sergeants Major Academy, the Nominative Leaders Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, Pathfinder School, Sapper Leader Course, Instructor Training Course, Tactics Certification Course, Malaysian Combat Tracking Course, and Mountain Warfare School Summer and Winter Courses.
CSM Bass’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (13 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd Award), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Sapper Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Drivers Badge, British Jump Wings, and Airborne Wings. He also holds the Military Order of Saint Maurice.
CSM Bass has earned an associate degree in Applied Science and Management and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.