Sergeant Major Dave B. Francis was born in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, an island nation in the Eastern Caribbean. He immigrated to the United States in 1989 and joined the United States Army 27 February, 1990. He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma as part of a cohort Cannon Crew Member team. He reclassified from 13B (Cannon Crew Member) to 68X (Mental Health Specialist) in November 1993, and attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
Sergeant Major Francis has served in numerous leadership positions, to include: Field Artillery Ammunition Team Chief, Psychiatric Team Leader, Field Recruiter, On-production Station Commander, Clinic NCOIC, Department NCOIC, Division Mental Health NCOIC, First Sergeant, Medical Operations Sergeant, Senior Clinical NCO, and Brigade Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major, 4th Sustainment Brigade (Rear Provisional).
His stateside assignments include: Alpha Battery 2nd of the 7th Field Artillery, Ft. Drum, New York; 10th Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Carson, Colorado; 84th Medical Detachment (Combat Stress Control), Ft. Carson, Colorado; United States Army Recruiting Battalion, Atlanta, with duty at Lagrange, Georgia; Echo Company, 704th Division Support Battalion, Ft. Hood, Texas; 4th Sustainment Brigade, Ft. Hood, Texas; and Winn Army Community Hospital, Ft. Stewart, Georgia. His overseas assignments include: Implementation Forces (IFOR) Bosnia and Herzegovina 1995-1996; Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; Operation Iraqi Freedom twice.
Sergeant Major Francis' military and civilian education include: Warrior Leaders Course (WLC), Advance Leaders Course (ALC), Senior Leaders Course (SLC), Field Recruiter Course, Recruiting Station Commander’s Course, Battle Staff Course, Basic Instructor Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 63. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas.
His awards and decorations are as follows: the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Bronze Stars), NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge and Driver’s Badge.