Colonel David A. Dailey, U.S. Army

Chief of Staff

Colonel David A. Dailey serves as Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. A native of Sturgis S.D., he received his commission as an engineer officer from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Reserve Officer Training Program in 1993. He is a graduate of the engineer officer basic and advanced courses, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.

Colonel Dailey has held several positions over his career including commander of the 200th Engineer Company in Pierre S.D., the 153rd Engineer Battalion in Huron, S.D., and the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Sioux Falls S.D.

His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star), the Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” device and Gold Hourglass), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Star), the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (with 2 Numeral), the South Dakota Emergency Operations Ribbon, the South Dakota National Guard Service Ribbon (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the South Dakota Desert Storm Ribbon, and the South Dakota National Guard Distinguished Unit Award (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)

Dailey’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Construction Management from the SDSM&T.

In his civilian capacity, he is the assistant vice president and division manager for the heavy highway division and is a registered professional civil engineer for Heavy Constructors, Inc. in Rapid City, S.D. He is responsible for the construction of concrete pavements, water, sewer and storm sewer lines, earthwork, mass concrete structures and bridges. 

He also oversees a staff of 75 to 150 personnel depending on time of year and construction workload as well as supervising all estimating, engineering, purchasing, contracting, equipment utilization and purchasing, personnel hiring and staffing for the division.