A native of Ripon, Wisconsin, Lieutenant Colonel David L. Brooks attended Ripon College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in May, 1989. After completing Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in July, 1989. He attended The Basic School in November, 1989, graduating in May, 1990, followed by the Ground Supply Officer’s Course in Camp Johnson, North Carolina, where he completed the school in November of that year.
In December, 1990, 2nd Lieutenant Brooks reported to 9th Engineer Support Battalion aboard Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, for his first FMF duty assignment as the Battalion Supply Officer. In December, 1991, 1st Lieutenant Brooks was reassigned to 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served as the MEU Supply Officer in the Command Element until July, 1993. He was released from active duty in November, 1993 and promoted to Captain in August, 1994.
Captain Brooks joined the reserves with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines in October, 1994, and was assigned as a Platoon Commander with Kilo Company in Akron, Ohio. He served in that capacity until May, 1995 when he relocated to Houston, Texas. Captain Brooks remained in the Individual Ready Reserve until 1997, when he received an Honorable Discharge. He applied for reappointment and transitioned back into the Marine Corps Reserve in August, 2001. Captain Brooks joined 1st Battalion, 23d Marines that same month and was designated a Platoon Commander in Alpha Company in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the Reserve Infantry Officer’s Course in Quantico, Virginia in July, 2002 and remained with Alpha Company until December, 2003, when he transferred to Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines in Grand Prairie, Texas, assuming responsibilities as the Battalion Maintenance Management Officer. In June, 2004, Captain Brooks was mobilized for active duty and served as a Provisional Truck Platoon Commander attached to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in western Anbar Province, Iraq. He was promoted to Major in October, 2004 and redeployed to CONUS in March, 2005. Upon return, Major Brooks continued serving with 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, first as the Headquarters Battery Commander and then as the Battalion Logistics Officer.
In October, 2008, Major Brooks transferred to 5th Battalion, 14th Marines in Seal Beach, California, serving briefly as the Battalion Logistics Officer and then as the Battalion Executive Officer. He was promoted to his current rank in May, 2010. Lieutenant Colonel Brooks transferred to 23d Marines in San Bruno, California in June, 2011, assigned as the Regimental Logistics Officer, overseeing logistics support for two major OCONUS annual training exercises.
In 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Brooks assumed Command of 4th Landing Support Battalion. On September 7, 2013 4th Landing Support Battalion was deactivated, and Lieutenant Colonel Brooks became the Commanding Officer of Combat Logistics Battalion 23.
His personal decorations include the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff Distance Education Program and holds a Masters of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management from Ashford University.