Brigadier General David M. Samuelsen enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1987 and served in England as a Security Police Specialist. In 1993, he enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, was selected for Officer Candidate School, and was commissioned in July 1994 as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps.
His previous assignments include: Deputy Commanding General for Operations, 200th MP Command, Deputy Commanding General, 80th Training Command; Brigade Commander, 290th MP Brigade; Command IG, 76th Division; Command IG, 103rd Sustainment Command; Commander, 159th MP BN (CID); Combat Trainer, 86th Division; Commander, 1114th Mobilization Support Battalion; Executive Officer, 1116th Mobilization Support Battalion; Operations Officer, 3-329 Info Ops Battalion; Mobilization as Provost Marshal for North Kuwait; Logistics Officer, 9th Brigade, 100th Division; Logistics Officer, 2-339 Basic Combat Training Battalion, 84th Division; Commander, 32nd Military Police Company; Detachment Commander, Det 1, 32nd Military Police Company; Platoon Leader, 3rd Platoon, 32nd Military Police Company.
Brigadier General Samuelsen is a graduate of the Army War College, Joint Forces Staff College, Command and General Staff College-Intermediate Level Education, Advanced Operations and Warfighting Course, the Army Inspector General School, Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and Company, Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Courses. He earned a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin.
His awards and decorations include the Army Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (5th award), Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), USAF Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with M Device) and Air Force Training Ribbon.
Brigadier General Samuelsen currently resides in Milton, WI with his wife Erin. His daughter, Lindsey is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His son, Nathan is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In his civilian career, Brigadier Samuelsen owns and operates a manufacturing company and a real estate holding company in his hometown of Milton, Wisc.