Command Sergeant Major David W. Bass
Command Sergeant Major, JRTC and Fort Polk
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) David W. Bass was born in Ashburn, Georgia, graduated from Turner County High School in 1989, and 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 has served as a rifleman, grenadier, scout observer, Scout Team Leader, Scout Squad Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Ranger Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, and Brigade Command Sergeant Major. He has served with 2d/504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 5th Ranger Training Battalion at Dahlonega, Georgia; 1st/27th Infantry "Wolfhounds", 25th Infantry Division at 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; and as the Command Sergeant Major of the Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. 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 Combat Lifesaver 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, Bronze Star Medal (2d Oak Leaf), the Meritorious Service Medal (2d Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (13th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2d award), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2d Award), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Medal (numeral 3), 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. CSM Bass also holds the Military Order of Saint Maurice.
CSM Bass has earned an Associate's Degree in Applied Science and Management and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.