Command Sergeant Major David Lanham is the Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) for the Florida National Guard, headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. CSM Lanham was born in Hollywood, California and enlisted in the United States Army in 1987. After completion of Infantry Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Ft Benning, Georgia, he was assigned as an Infantryman in D Co 5/16 INF, 1st ID at Ft. Riley, KS where he served until leaving active service in 1990. In 1991, CSM Lanham was recalled from the Individual Ready Reserve for service in Germany during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm. CSM Lanham subsequently joined the Florida Army National Guard and has served as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant, Assistant Operations / Intelligence Sergeant, Detachment Senior Sergeant and Company Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major within 3/20th SFG(A). CSM Lanham has served on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as a Special Forces Senior Sergeant and Sergeant Major. In addition, CSM Lanham served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation from 2007 to 2010, as the CSM for Regionally Aligned Forces mission in Central America in 2016 and as the CSM for the 83rd Troop Command from 2013 to 2018.
CSM Lanham's military education includes the Special Forces Communications Sergeants Course, Spanish Language Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance,and Escape Course, Jumpmaster Course, SF Assistant Operations & Intelligence Course, Anti-Terrorism Instructor Qualification Course, Military Mountaineering Course (Summer Phase), and the Sergeants Major Academy, among others.
CSM Lanham awards include Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device and four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal as well as other federal and state awards and decorations. CSM Lanham has also received the Special Forces Association Order of St. Neri and the National Infantry Association Order of St. Maurice, Centurion Award.
CSM Lanham graduated from American Military University with a Master's Degree in Military History. In his civilian capacity he serves as an Assistant G3 for the Department of the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation in Orlando, Florida.