Command Sergeant Major David P. Yamamoto is assigned to the 9th Mission Support Command, Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii. (15 February 2012-present).
Command Sgt. Maj. Yamamoto was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated high school from Mid-Pacific Institute in 1984. He enlisted in the United States Army on August 2, 1984 as an infantryman and attended Basic Training and Infantry Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
After completing infantry training in 1985, Command Sgt. Maj. Yamamoto was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry (Mech) Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas and rose to the rank of sergeant. In 1988, he joined the Army Reserve and held several leadership assignments with 342nd Finance Support Unit, 1085th Training, Evaluation, Maneuver, Group (TEMG), United States Forces Korea Support Unit, 305th Public Affairs Detachment, 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade and his recent assignment with the 4960th Multifunctional Training Brigade.
In 1999, Command Sgt. Maj. Yamamoto participated in Operation Stabilize, East Timor, with the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, as a Civil Military Operations Center Operations Sergeant.
Command Sgt. Maj. Yamamoto is a graduate of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Course, Basic Airborne Course, Finance Specialist Course, Administrative Specialist Course, Civil Affairs Specialist Course, Battle Staff Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course, First Sergeant's Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Resident Class 56). He holds an Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Hawaii.
His decorations and awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (7th Award), Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (16th Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
As a civilian, Command Sgt. Maj. Yamamoto is employed by the Honolulu Police Department, as a Metropolitan Police Detective, and is assigned to the Professional Standards Office.
His civilian decorations and awards include the Honolulu Police Department's third highest award, the Bronze Medal of Valor and a Certificate of Merit.
Command Sgt. Maj. Yamamoto is married to the former Lianne Takabayashi of Honolulu, Hawaii. The Yamamoto's have two children, Tiffany Anne (27 yrs old), Bryce (7 yrs old) and one grand-daughter, Layla (3 yrs old).