Ceremony set for departing Infantry School chief at Fort Benning

benw@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 31, 2013 

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Col. Paul J. Laughlin,left, the armor school commandant, and Col. David B. Haight, the infantry school commandant, share a laugh prior to answering questions from the media Friday afternoon at Fort Benning prior to a welcoming ceremony for them in Marshall Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. 08/03/12

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Brig. Gen. David B. Haight, the 53rd chief of the Infantry School at Fort Benning for more than 18 months, has been reassigned to a post in Afghanistan.

A departure ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m. today in Marshall Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickam Hall, said Rick Rosado, a post public affairs spokesman.

The new assignment comes seven months after he received his first star on April 5 for promotion to brigadier general. Haight will serve as deputy commanding officer, Regional Command-East. His successor hasn’t been named, but an interim commandant may guide the school until a new chief is named.

Since Aug. 3, 2012, Haight has been responsible for all facets of infantry training at the sixth largest post in the country.

As commandant of the Infantry School, Haight has made the post the standard of excellence across 19 different courses, schools and programs training soldiers. He was commissioned a lieutenant in 1986 as a distinguished military graduate of Brigham Young University. During his 27-year career, he has led soldiers in Operation Just Cause in Haiti, Operation Safe Haven in Panama, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He has served as a rifle platoon leader, logistics officer, company commander, executive officer and chief of operations at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Haight served as the executive assistant to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and deputy director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell at the Pentagon before arriving at Fort Benning.

Some of his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, The Pathfinder Badge, Ranger Tab and other honors.

Haight followed in the footsteps of his father, who retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Three of his brothers also served in the military and his son, Spc. David Haight Jr., is a Ranger with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

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