Col. David F. Henning
Colonel Dave Henning attended the Canisius College of Buffalo N.Y., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree as well as the Distinguished Military Graduate award. He was commissioned May 18, 2000.
Col. Henning’s first assignment was with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Shortly after 9/11, Col. Henning deployed to Kuwait to support Operation Enduring Freedom followed by a deployment to Iraq for the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He was then assigned to 8th Army in South Korea. There, Col. Henning was assessed and selected to become a part of U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He then completed the U.S. Army Airborne Course at what was then Fort Benning, Ga., and 1-year Training Pathway for Special Operations Forces (SOF) Civil Affairs at what was then Fort Bragg, N.C.
Col. Henning deployed as a Civil Affairs Team leader as a part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines. His next assignment, with 2nd Battalion 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., where he deployed to Afghanistan as the Special Operations Task Force-South Civil Affairs Officer and was critical to the success of the Battalion’s “Village Stability Operations” program. After completing Command and General Staff School, Col. Henning returned to Fort Bragg and quickly deployed to support operational planning efforts within Special Operations Command-Pacific and Special Operations Command-Korea.
Col. Henning was both a Company Commander and Battalion Operations officer in the 97th CA BN (A) at Fort Bragg before being assigned to Human Resources Command Army SOF Division, serving as the Field Grade assignment officer and CA Branch Chief.
Col. Henning took command of Jacksonville, Fla. recruiting BN and led the BN to achieve their assigned mission during his tenure. He then assumed duties as the senior CA Officer and advisor in the DoD Joint Proponent for Civil Affairs and the CA Branch Chief at Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Fla.
Col. Henning was selected to attend the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University for Senior Service Staff College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
Col. Henning's military education includes: the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course; Sling Load Inspector Certification Course; Combined Logistics Captains Career Course; Mortuary Affairs Officer Course; Basic Airborne Course; Civil Affairs Qualification Course; Advanced Regional Analysis Course (Asia Pacific); Special Operations Language Training (Tagalog); SERE C; Resident Intermediate Level Education; Battalion Pre-Command Course; Tactical Commands Development Program; Recruiting Pre-Command; ARSOF Pre-Command Course; JSOF Pre-Command Course; Brigade Pre-Command Course; IMCOM Pre-Command Course; Senior Officer Legal Orientation Course; and most recently attended SSC at NDU.
His awards and decorations include: The Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Valorous Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Citation; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Afghan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Drivers Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Gold; and the Recruiter Badge.
Col. Henning took command of U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, South Korea, July 10, 2023.
He is married to Michelle Henning; they have two boys, William (17) and Carson (14).