COL Danford Bryant entered the Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Texas State University ROTC program and was first assigned as a Chemical Officer to the 7th Chemical Company (Biological Detection), at Fort Polk, Louisiana. While serving at Fort Polk, he served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and the 83d Chemical Battalion Assistant Operations Officer. As a Platoon Leader and BN Assistant Operations Officer, COL Bryant worked with NAVCENT and the Ministry of Defense of Bahrain to develop their biodefense and emergency management plans.
After graduating from the Infantry Captains Career Course and Combined Arms and Services Staff School, COL Bryant served with the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. COL Bryant deployed to Ramadi, Iraq from for Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Ramadi, he served as the Governance Support Team Leader for the Commanding General, 82d Airborne Division.
In the early 2000's he commanded the 101st Chemical Company (Airborne), 18th Airborne Corps, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his command, U.S. Army Forces Command tasked the company to support Joint Task Force – Civil Support as its first responder weapons of mass destruction reconnaissance and non-standard decontamination element in support of Homeland Defense.
After COL Bryant’s graduation from the Civil Affairs Qualification Course, he was assigned as a Team Leader with Fox Company, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), where he deployed to the Republic of Chad in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara . Upon his return to Fort Bragg, he stood up and then deployed Delta Company, 91st Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) in support of the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Trans Sahara.
Post company command, COL Bryant attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Simultaneously, he was selected for and attended the USASOC sponsored Interagency Studies Program at the School for Global and International Studies, University of Kansas – Lawrence.
COL Bryant returned to Fort Bragg where he served as the Operations Officer for the 91st Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), and the Assistant Director of the Civil Military Advisory Group, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne). After the Brigade, he served as the Chief of Personnel and Chief of Doctrine for the Civil Affairs Proponent, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. The Commanding General selected COL Bryant for a new position and soon after he moved to D.C. and served as the Liaison Officer to the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute for the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence.
After commanding the Joint Support Battalion, Joint Task Force – Bravo, Soto Cano, Honduras, COL Bryant returned to Washington, D.C., where he served as a member of the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Interagency Partnership Program, with duty at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and then program’s Deputy Director. After graduating from the National War College, he returned to USSOCOM to continue working within the interagency as the command’s representative to the Global Engagement Center, Department of State.
After graduating from high school, COL Bryant served in the U.S. Navy as a Sonar Technician, and Surface Search and Rescue Specialist. He deployed in support of Operations Prime Chance, Earnest Will, and Desert Storm.