Lieutenant Colonel David A. Valdez, is a native of Tucson, Arizona, where he graduated from the University of Arizona and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant through the Platoon Leaders Course officer program. After completing Officer Candidate School and The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, he was selected as a Marine Artillery Officer and attended Artillery Officer Basic Course in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, where he earned the 0802 MOS. After artillery school, his first orders were to Camp Pendleton, California, assigned to Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines where he served as Guns Platoon Commander, Forward Observer, Liaison Officer and Executive Officer. While with Alpha Battery, he deployed as a part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and responded during Operations BOLD SAMARATIN (East Timor), and DETERMINED RESPONSE (Aden, Yemen). After his initial tour and promotion to Captain, he was assigned to 4th Marine Corps District recruiting headquarters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he performed duties in support of recruiting operations.
Upon completion of his duties at 4th Marine Corps District, Captain Valdez returned to Camp Pendleton, California, receiving orders to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines where he served as the battalion S-4 Officer and commander of Romeo Battery. As the commander of Romeo Battery, Captain Valdez deployed as a part of Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) in support of OIF 5-7 as theatre reserve. Upon return from deployment, Captain Valdez returned to the battalion staff, again as the S-4 Officer, overseeing introduction and transition to the new High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and logistics. Upon completion of his tour with 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, Captain Valdez transitioned into the Selected Marine Corps Reserves (SMCR), and joined the ranks of 3D Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (3d ANGLICO), Marine Forces Reserves, in Long Beach, California.
While at 3d ANGLICO, Captain Valdez performed roles as a Firepower Control Team (FCT) leader before being promoted to the rank of Major. He then deployed as a Supporting Arms Liaison Team (SALT) leader, attached to 1st ANGLICO, leading a thirty member team to serve in OEF-Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, he participated in Operation MOSHTARAK in Marjah, Helmand Province. Upon returning from deployment, Major Valdez continued service with 3D ANGLICO at the unit’s new location in Bell, California. His continued service at 3D ANGLICO includes performing as Operations Officer, 1st Brigade Platoon Commander, Headquarters Platoon Commander, and after promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, serving as Executive Officer before selected to Command 3D ANGLICO. He is a graduate of the Seminar Command and Staff College, and holds the qualifications of Marine Parachutist, SERE, JTAC and military Advisor.