Commanding Officer

Colonel Coggins command assignments include platoon commander in the 2nd Marine Division, company commander in the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions and battalion commander in the 3rd Marine Division with a focus on amphibious operations, counterinsurgency and expeditionary warfare. Other command assignments include Deputy Camp Commander, Camp Delmar aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Commanding Officer Camp Schwab/US Military Representative of the 11th Residential District of Okinawa, Japan and Commanding Officer of the Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji Japan.

His staff assignments include platoon commander Officers Candidate School, assistant battalion operations officer, Officer Selection Officer, MCRS Nashville, TN, Battalion Executive Officer, and Senior Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division. As a Joint Specialty Officer his assignments have included Lead Project Officer Joint National Training Capabilities, USJFCOM J7 and Executive Assistant to the Commander of the Joint Warfighting Center. His NATO assignments include Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation as Secretary to the Vice Chairman of the Deployable Forces Coordination Group, Chief Land Component Command Evaluator, Senior Mentor for Leadership Development to the Director of the Iraqi Training and Doctrine Command and Iraqi Navy/Marine Corps, and Branch Head-Training Support to Current Operations supporting the African Union, ISAF, KFOR, NATO Training Mission Iraq, C-IED and Lessons Learned. He served as the Director of the Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Division for the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and also as the Marine Corps Representative in the Hampton Roads area on behalf of the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration. He served as the Chief of the Marine Forces Division, Senior Advisor to the Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Marine Forces and Naval Special Forces, as well as, Acting Chief of Staff, US Military Training Mission, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during 2013-2015.

Colonel Coggins graduated from the following schools: Platoon Leaders Course-Officers Candidate School, University of Tennessee (BS Education with honors), The Basic Officers Course, Amphibious Assault School, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, NATO Defense College in Rome Italy, the NATO Senior Leadership Program in Shrivenham England, the Senior Officers Planners Course via Marine Corps University and DISAM. He has published the following papers: Riverine Warfare in Vietnam and Towards a Complimentary Approach to Peace Building and Reconstruction Between the EU and NATO.

He has participated in the following operations: OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION PROVIDE MENTOR. He deployed in support of AMIS, ISAF, and KFOR. Additionally, he has supported deployed units for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and multiple humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in southeast Asia. David is a Regional Affairs Officer (Western Europe). He intends to apply for the Middle East RAO Program and Security Assistance Advisor MOS.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, (Second award) , Meritorious Service Medal (Third award), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Third award), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, The Governor’s Outstanding Tennessean Award , The Commandants Superior Achievement Award for officer recruiting, awards from the Japanese government, the DANCON March Medal (Iraq), Knighted Order of the Sauna (Royal Finnish Navy), as well as, the King Abdul Aziz Award (Silver) for significant contributions to the bi-lateral military partnership between the US and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.