Colonel David A. Norris

Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

Col. Dave Norris assumed duties as the Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Texas, in July 2023. 

Col. Norris was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1999 after graduating from Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning (known as Fort Moore since April 2023), Georgia.

In 1999, he was assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, serving as Platoon Leader, Battery Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, and Assistant S3, in 75th FA Brigade. In 2003, he assumed command of Mobile Exploitation Team Charlie, 75th Exploitation Task Force.

From 2004-2008, he served as Assistant S-3, Squadron Fire Support Officer, and Battery Commander assigned to 3rd ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Cavazos (known as Fort Hood prior to 2023), Texas.

In 2008, he served as a Small Group Leader at the Field Artillery Captains Career Course, Fort Sill.

From 2010-2014, he served as Brigade Fire Support Officer, Battalion S3, Battalion XO, and Brigade XO, 3rd ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Cavazos.

In 2014, assigned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, he served as a Joint Fires and Targeting Planner for the Joint Planning Support Element, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command.

In 2016, Col. Norris assumed command of 4-27 FA, 2nd ABCT, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

In 2018, COL Norris assumed command of 4th Battalion, 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Liberty (known as Fort Bragg prior to 2023), North Carolina.

In 2020, a distinguished graduate of the United States Army War College, he subsequently assumed command of 75th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill.

COL Norris holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Arts from Webster University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College.

COL Norris’s combat deployments include six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Iraq Campaign Medal (4 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.