Command Sgt. Maj. David Burton entered the United States Army in July 1993 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama, where he was trained as a military policeman.
Burton’s subsequent positions and duty assignments include: gunner, team leader, squad leader and platoon sergeant, 65th Military Police Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1993-1999); drill sergeant, A Company 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia (1999-2001); squad leader and platoon sergeant, Airborne Military Police Platoon, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, Fort Wainwright, Alaska (2001-2003); platoon sergeant and operations sergeant, 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina (2003-2008); first sergeant, 977th Military Police Company, Fort Riley, Kansas (2008-2010); operations sergeant major, 91st Military Police Battalion, Fort Drum, New York (2011); command sergeant major, 91st Military Police Battalion, Fort Drum, New York (2011-2014); operations sergeant major, Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion (2014-2015); and provost sergeant major, 4th Infantry Division (2015-2016). Burton has an operational deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Burton has attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System, culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 61. Burton is also a graduate of the following military courses: the First Sergeants Course, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Drill Sergeant, Master Fitness, Protective Services, and the Special Reaction Team Course. Burton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies.
Burton’s more notable awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with V device, Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (four oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (four oak leaf clusters). He has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Egyptian Parachutist Badge and the Chilean Parachutist Badge. Burton is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and has been awarded the Military Police Corps Regiment's Order of the Marechaussee (Bronze).