SFC (Retired) Daniel Blackburn
Pekin Community High School
A native of Taylor, Michigan, SFC Blackburn enlisted in the United States Army on 20 September 1989. He attended Basic Training at and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and was awarded the MOS 54B (now 74D), Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Specialist. His previous assignments include Bravo Company 82nd Chemical Battalion, Fort McClellan Alabama, 95th Chemical Company, Giessen Germany 3rd COSCOM Special Troops Battalion, 314th Military Intelligence Battalion Detroit, MI (Army Reserve), 323 Combat Support Hospital, Southfield, MI (Army Reserve), 59th MP Company, 759th MP BN, Fort Carson Colorado, 59th Chemical Company, 548th Combat Support Battalion, Fort Drum, New York, Echo Company 82nd Chemical Battalion 3rd Chemical Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, HHC 1stBCT 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum New York, A Company 84th Chemical Battalion, 3rd Chemical Brigade Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, HHC, Support Operations Directorate, US Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has served in numerous leadership and staff positions to include Squad Leader, Company CBRN NCOIC, Battalion CBRN NCOIC and Brigade CBRN NCOIC, Drill Sergeant, Instructor Writer U.S. Army Chemical School Officer Training Department, NCOIC U.S. Army Chemical School Officer Training Department, CBRN NCOIC Support Operations Directorate U.S. Army Sustainment Command. He earned an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree from Jefferson Community College and is currently working for his Bachelor Degree in Business Management and Administration with emphasis on Leadership from American Military University. His military schooling includes Basic Training, Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Advanced Individual Training; Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC); The Chemical Biological Nuclear Radiological Basic Advanced Noncommissioned Officer (BNCOC), and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer (ANCOC) course; The United States Army Drill Sergeant School; Level 1 Combative Course; HAZMAT level 1 Technician Course; Field Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course; Small Group Instructor Couse; Basic Instructor Course; Air Assault Course and Combat Lifesaver Course. SFC Blackburn’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award); the Army Commendation Medal (4thAward); the Joint Service Achievement Medal; the Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award); the Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award); the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal (w/1 Bronze Service Star); the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/Numeral 3); the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon; the Drill Sergeant Campaign Badge; Air Assault Badge and Drivers Badge; His permanent unit awards include the Army Meritorious Unit Citation. He is a Life Member of the Chemical Corp Regimental Association and a member of the Order of the Dragon United States Chemical Corp. SFC Blackburn is married to the former Jessica L. Arp, and they have been married for 2 years.