David K. Chapman, Colonel, US Army

Commandant of DLIFLC, Commander of the Presidio of Monterey

Colonel David Chapman is a graduate of The Citadel Military College and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1989. He has served in leadership positions at every level in his career. He was a Platoon Leader in the 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, California; an Air Defense Battery Commander in the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; a detachment chief while deployed to Afghanistan with U.S. Special Operations Command; and a battalion-level detachment commander in Iraq. Colonel Chapman was also the assistant Army Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia, a Senior Fellow at the George C. Marshall Center focused on post Soviet-Union Security Studies, the Aide to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific, and a war planner.

His most recent assignment was as the Defense Attaché to Athens, Greece where he oversaw security assistance, policy and bilateral relations between Greece and the United States. He currently serves as the Commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Commander of the Presidio of Monterey.

His military experience includes service in several light infantry and special operations units including the 7th Infantry Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, XVIII Airborne Corps, 82d Airborne Division, and the U.S. Army Pacific as well as combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Chapman's military education includes the National War College, U.S. Army schools such as the Command and General Staff College, Airborne, Ranger, Air Assault, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE), and the Master Fitness Trainer Course. He is a three-time graduate of DLIFLC and speaks Russian, Serbian/Croatian, and Greek. Colonel Chapman holds a Bachelors degree in English from The Citadel, a Masters of International Relations from Troy State University, and a Masters of National Security Strategy from The National Defense University.

Colonel Chapman’s Army decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (OLC), Army Achievement Medal (OLC) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (OLC), the Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, British Parachutist Badge, and German Parachutist Wings.

He is married and has one daughter.
DLIFLC 1759 Lewis Rd. Bldg 614, Ste. 251 - Presidio of Monterey - Monterey, CA 93944 (831) 242-5119, (DSN-768)