CPT Dale Waldon is a career soldier whose service to the nation spans two decades. A native Texan, CPT Waldon graduated from Palestine High School in 1994 before enlisting in the U.S. Army as an M1 Series Armor Crewmember. While enlisted, CPT Waldon served in every duty position within all versions of the M1 Series Abrams Main Battle Tank in various assignments throughout the Continental United States and Europe.
After advancing through the enlisted ranks from Private to Staff Sergeant, CPT Waldon entered the Army’s ROTC Commissioning program in 2003. CPT Waldon graduated from Tarleton State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Commission as a Regular Army Officer of Field Artillery.
Upon Completion of the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, CPT Waldon was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Serving as B Troop’s Fire Support Officer, CPT Waldon deployed with the unit to Iraq in 2006 where he eventually assumed the duties of Executive Officer for the Squadron’s Headquarters Troop. Throughout the 15 month deployment, CPT Waldon’s unit conducted combat and support operations in Mosul and Tal Afar, both within Nineveh Province in Northern Iraq.
Upon return to the U.S., CPT Waldon was selected to take command of B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armor Division, also at Ft. Bliss. CPT Waldon spent the following few months training his Soldiers in dismounted and maneuver combat operations before again deploying with them to Iraq in 2009. During this deployment, CPT Waldon’s unit conducted combat operations as well as maneuver support operations for the Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team, an interagency effort led by elements of the U.S. State Department in Southern Iraq. After the successful completion of his command tenure and returning to the U.S., CPT Waldon again reported to Ft. Sill where he attended the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course.
Upon completion of the Career Course, CPT Waldon was assigned to Headquarters, Training and Doctrine Command at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, where he served as the Operations Officer for the Deputy Commanding General (DCG) in charge of Initial Military Training. CPT Waldon’s primary duty in this position was keeping the DCG informed on situations and issues pertinent to the 23 subordinate brigades charged with training all of the Army’s newest recruits. While serving in Virginia, CPT Waldon earned a Master’s degree in Security and Safety Leadership (Homeland Defense) from The George Washington University.
In July of 2012, CPT Waldon once again deployed to the Middle East, where he was assigned as the CENTCOM Targeting Officer in support of AFCENT operations throughout the region. In this capacity, CPT Waldon participated in the planning and oversight of the Air Force’s lethal targeting efforts in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Additionally, CPT Waldon served as a contributing member of the Area Air Defense Planning Team, the Combat Plans Division element charged with oversight of air defense planning for the entire Arabian Gulf region. CPT Waldon returned to the U.S. in July of 2013 and was assigned to Sam Houston State University as the Assistant Professor of Military Science.
CPT Waldon’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal (6th award), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Air Force Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 campaigns), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award), and the Combat Action Badge. Additionally, CPT Waldon has been inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, a professional organization of leaders within the Army and Marine Corps Artillery communities.