28th Commander - Brigadier General David L. Mann
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28th Commander
White Sands Missile Range
Page 28 of 33
Brigadier General David Mann
Commander
Oct 3, 2008 - Aug 24, 2009

     Brigadier General David L. Mann assumed command of White Sands Missile Range on 3 October 2008 after serving as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was commissioned through the ROTC program at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania upon graduation from Millersville University in 1981. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
General Mann was initially assigned to the 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served as a Vulcan Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer and Battalion Logistics Officer. Following the ADA Officer Advanced Course in 1985, General Mann transferred to the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as a Battery Commander and as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General. He was next assigned to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Analysis, Headquarters, TRADOC, Fort Monroe, Virginia, as an Operations Research Systems Analysis (ORSA) officer.
After graduating from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1994, General Mann served as the Assistant Division Air Defense Officer and Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (BSFV/Stinger), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of JTF 160, Operation Sea Signal. He was subsequently assigned to the Pentagon as an ORSA officer in the Directorate of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) and later served as the Aide-de Camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.
General Mann commanded the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from June 1999 to June 2001. Throughout this period, elements of the battalion were deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian. After leaving command, he was reassigned to the Joint Staff as a planner and later served on the Operation Enduring Freedom Current Operations team, J-3 following the events of September 11th. Upon graduating from the U.S. Naval War College, General Mann assumed command of the 108th ADA Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following command, he served as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss, Texas.
General Mann’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiter Badge and the Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.