Col. Dave Zinn took command of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, June 30, 2017.
He was commissioned as an armor officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1995. His military education includes Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Scout Platoon Leader Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, and Jumpmaster School. He also earned a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
His military assignments include 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson as a tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader, and troop executive officer; 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas as the brigade plans officer and brigade reconnaissance troop commander; 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, Fort Hood as the Bravo Company commander; staff and faculty, United States Military Academy; 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as the squadron executive officer; 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg as the brigade executive officer; III Corps, Fort Hood, as the aide-de-camp to the corps commander; Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia, as the aide-de-camp to the commanding general; 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment as the squadron commander; and Pentagon, Virginia, as the military assistant to the secretary of the Army. He recently completed a National Security Affairs Fellowship at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Zinn served three tours in Iraq, as a troop commander, squadron executive officer and brigade executive officer, and aide-de-camp to the corps commander; in Ba’qubah, eastern Baghdad, Diyala Province, and Mada’in Province. In 2014, he participated in Exercise Foal Eagle in South Korea and Exercise Balikatan in the Philippines.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), numerous campaign and service medals, and the Combat Action Badge.