Col. David P. Mann is currently serving as the Commander of the 7th Psychological Operations Group (AIRBORNE). Born in Saint Louis, Missouri and raised in Illinois, he entered into the United States Army in 1988 and received a commission to the Infantry in 1992 and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He now possesses a Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University and graduate certificates from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA as well as the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.
After serving as a Platoon Leader, Col. Mann was assigned to increasing levels of responsibility, including Detachment Commander, 10th Special Forces Group (AIRBORNE), Company Commander, 301st Tactical PSYOP Company (AIRBORNE), S-3 of Task Force 14, Battalion Commander, 12th PSYOP Battalion followed by a second Battalion Command of 5/98th BN TASS. Col. Mann entered a broadening assignment in the Department of Defense enterprise of Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) for FEMA Region 8 as until his previous assignment as Commander of the Army Reserve’s newest Brigade, the 76th EPLO Group, 76th Operational Response Command in Salt Lake City, UT.
Col. Mann is branch qualified in Psychological Operations, Logistics and CBRN and is a graduate of the Combined Arms Services Staff School (CAS3), Command and General Staff College, Security, Stability and Development in Complex Operations (AOC) and the Joint Warfighter Course (AJPME). He is also a graduate of the Special Operations Static Line Jumpmaster Course and the Technical Escort course of Redstone Arsenal, AL.
Col. Mann has completed over two decades in emergency services as Fire Officer in the Denver area and is still currently Paramedic qualified. He is additionally certified in Incident Safety Operations, NFPA 921 Arson and Explosion Investigator, Technical Rescue Technician and Hazardous Materials Technician.
Col. Mann’s significant awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Ribbon (Five Campaign Stars and Bronze Arrowhead for Airfield Seizure). He possesses the Combat Action Badged and Pathfinder badge. He is a Master Rated Parachutist, a senior rated German parachutist and basic rated by Canada, Ireland and Chile.