NROTC Commanding Officer - Colonel David L. Coggins

cogginsdlColonel David L. Coggins is currently the Chief of Staff of the United States Military Training Mission (USMTM) to Saudi Arabia and Chief of Marine Forces Division.

The USMTM is a joint training mission and a direct reporting unit to Headquarters, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM). USMTM trains, advises and assists the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense through security cooperation efforts in developing and sustaining capable deterrent and self defense forces in order to facilitate regional security.

He has responsibility to assist the Chief of USMTM, a two star Air Force General, with all support matters pertaining to USMTM. He acts on the behalf of the Chief on any command support issues in his absence. The Chief of Staff coordinates with the USMTM military division Chiefs, Department of State officials, host nation senior officials and oversees the joint USMTM staff to ensure the efficient and economical progression of the organization. He is responsible for detailed staff coordination and operations which ensure that the Chief USMTM is continually prepared with necessary facts and information that is required. 

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 father served with the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions in World War II fighting in the Pacific to include landing on Okinawa in 1945.

His staff assignments include platoon commander Officers Candidate School, assistant battalion operations officer, Officer Selection Officer, 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.

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 and the NATO Senior Leadership Program in Shrivenham England. 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 NATO Training Mission-Iraq. 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 also a Regional Affairs Officer (Western Europe) and soon to be qualified as a Regional Affairs Officer (Middle East).

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 and The Commandants Superior Achievement Award for officer recruiting. He is a former AAU All-American Long Distance Swimming National Champion and was a NCAA Southeastern Conference Finalist for the University of Tennessee.