87th Infanty Division Legacy Association 2013 Reunion Dinner and Presentation by Brigadier General David B. Haight .
This is video of the 87th Infantry Division Legacy Association 2013 reunion dinner at "The Old Officer's Club" at Fort Benning Georgia on October 3rd. This dinner and presentation by Brigadier General David B. Haight followed the dedication of the newly erected Memorial Monument of the WWII 87th Infantry Division on the "Walk of Honor" at the national Infantry Museum adjacent to Fort Benning. Many of the 39 WWII Veterans of the 87th - Patton's 3rd Army, that were in attendance with their families and friends, had completed their basic training during WWII at this base.
Brigadier General David B. Haight was commissioned in 1986 as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate at Brigham Young University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and master’s degrees from both the U.S. Naval Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
Brigadier General Haight's first assignment was at Fort Bragg where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in Company C, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Next, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as both a Weapons and Rifle Platoon Leader (Opn Just Cause) and a Battalion Assistant S4. He served as an S3 Air and Rifle Company Commander in 4th Battalion, 87th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and then returned to 2nd Ranger Battalion to serve as the Battalion S4 (Opn Uphold Democracy-Haiti, Opn Safe Haven-Panama) and commanded A Company. Later, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as the Battalion Liaison Officer (LNO), Operations Officer (S3), and Executive Officer (XO) and then served as the Deputy Director and Chief of Operations of the Army Compartmented Element (ACE) of United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). Brigadier General Haight commanded 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division that included a combat tour of duty in OIF I and then commanded 2nd Ranger Battalion with multiple combat tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Brigadier General Haight commanded 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 10th Mountain Division that included a combat tour in OEF. After Brigade command he moved to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and served as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Deputy Director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell, J5, Joint Staff. He assumed command of the United States Army Infantry School and duties as the Chief of Infantry on 03 August 2012.
His awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/1OLC, Bronze Star Medal w/2OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal w/4OLC, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal w/2OLC, the Army Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/Arrowhead Device and Campaign Star, both the Afghan and Iraq Campaign Medals, the GWOT Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal w/2 Campaign Stars, the Overseas Ribbon w/numeral 4, and the NATO Service Medal. Additionally, he has the Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/OLC, and the Valorous Unit Award. His combat skill badges include: the Combat Infantryman’s Badge-2nd Award, Master Parachutist Badge w/Bronze Combat Jump Star, the Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, and several foreign parachutist wings.
Brigadier General Haight is married and has four children.