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Washington CID Battalion

1SG AstorgaFirst Sergeant David Astorga III
Battalion First Sergeant, Washington CID Battalion

First Sergeant David Astorga, III was born in Monterey Park, California and enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1998.  He completed Military Police One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, AL.

First Sergeant Astorga has served in a variety of positions including Military Police Gunner, Driver, Unit Armor, Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member and Marksman/Observer, Team Leader, Chemical Defense Training Facility Security MP, Squad Leader, Military Police Investigations NCOIC, CID Special Agent, Evidence Custodian, Detachment Sergeant, Battalion Evidence Program Manager, Battalion Operations NCO, and Inspector General NCO.

His previous unit assignments include 188th Military Police Company, Taegu, Korea; 252nd Military Police Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; 280th Base Support Battalion, Schweinfurt, Germany; 286th Military Police Detachment (CID), Schweinfurt, Germany; 41st Military Police Detachment, Fort Irwin, CA; 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID)(FWD) Baghdad, Iraq; and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Office of the Inspector General, Quantico, VA.  He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan.

First Sergeant Astorga’s military education includes the Basic Military Police Training and Advanced Individual Training Courses, Primary Leadership Development Course, Military Police Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, CID Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, SRT Training Phase I Course, SRT Marksman Observer Phase II Course, Military Police Investigator Course, Protective Services / Antiterrorism Evasive Driving Course – Staff Driver Course, U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Passenger Safety Course, Law Enforcement Investigations Training Course, Domestic Violence Intervention Training Course, Apprentice CID Special Agent Course, Advanced Crime Scene Investigative Techniques Course, Special Agent Laboratory Training Course, Evidence Management Certification Course, Hostage Negotiations – Phase I and II Course, Child Abuse Prevention and Investigative Techniques Course, Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation Course, Advanced Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation Course, and The Inspector General’s Course.  First Sergeant Astorga is a graduate of the Exhibits Officer Course at Scotland Yard Academy, has completed 60 credit hours towards a Degree in General Studies from Barstow Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1CS), Iraq Campaign Medal (1CS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) Ribbon, Wheeled Vehicle Drivers Badge and CID Combat Service Identification Badge.

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