Command Sergeant Major Daniel Fairfield was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in June 2000. After finishing BCT at Fort Benning, GA, he attended AIT as a Medical Laboratory Specialist at Fort Sam Houston, TX and graduated from all phases at Fort Bliss, TX. He currently holds the MOS of Chief Medical NCO. Command Sergeant Major Fairfield assumed responsibility of the 3rd Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) on Fort Belvoir, VA on April 15, 2022.
He has held a wide variety of leadership and staff positions from Team Leader to First Sergeant, Instructor, Training NCO, Battalion and Brigade Operations Sergeant Major, and Battalion and Brigade Command Sergeant Major. Previous assignments include the 7220th Blood Donor Center at Silverbell Army Heliport, AZ; Reynolds Army Community Hospital at Fort Sill, OK; William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, TX; 349th Combat Support Hospital in Bell, CA; 807th Medical Command at Fort Douglas, UT; 2nd Medical Brigade in San Pablo, CA; 328th Combat Support Hospital at B.T. Collins, CA; 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade at Fort Shafter Flats, HI; and the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) in White Plains, MD.
He has been mobilized and deployed for missions worldwide. Previous missions include OEF (CONUS Support) at Fort Sill, OK from 2003-2004; OEF (CONUS Support) at Fort Bliss, TX from 2004-2005; Operation Global Medic onboard the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Comfort T-AH-20 in the Atlantic Ocean in 2008; OEF (Afghanistan) at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan from 2010-2011; OEF (Caribbean and Central America), Soto Cano Airbase, Honduras from 2012-2013; Operation Jornada Médica (MEDRETE) in Chiquimula, Guatemala in 2012; Operation Central Skies, Soto Cano Airbase, Honduras in 2018; and Operation Mayan Thrush (MEDRETE), Golfito, Costa Rica in 2018. He led the 7220th Blood Support Detachment as Detachment Sergeant during the surge in Afghanistan Phase 4: Consolidation III, providing theater wide support to all of Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. His Detachment is the only Blood Support Detachment awarded the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation in the history of the Afghanistan Campaign.
He has completed all Noncommissioned Education System and Distributed Learning Courses up to the Sergeants Major Course. Additional military education includes the Total Army Instructor Training Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course, Unit Mobilization Planner Course, Field Sanitation Team Course, Company Commander First Sergeant Course, Master Resilience Trainer, Training Plan Development Course, Company Team Leader Course, USMC Water Survival Advanced Course, Basic Airborne Course, and the Battalion and Brigade Command Sergeant Major Courses. His civilian education includes an A.S. in Health Science Laboratory Technology from George Washington University, a B.S. majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minoring in Anthropology from University of Texas at El Paso, and a M.S. in Biological Science from the University of Nebraska. He has additionally completed graduate coursework in Geospatial Information Science from the University of Maryland.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 4th Bronze OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 4th Bronze OLC, Army Achievement Medal, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Civilian Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with Silver and Bronze OLC, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve medal with Silver Hourglass, M Device, and Numeral 2, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 5, Army Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Non-Article 5 North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Basic Parachutist Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Wheeled qualification bar, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold.