Master Sergeant David J. Tirko is from Buffalo, NY and enlisted into the U.S. Army in 2002 and completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at FT. Benning, GA.
Master Sergeant Tirko’s positions and duty assignments include: Rifleman, Squad Designated Marksman and Team Leader with C Co 1-5 IN, 25th Infantry Division; Recruiter with Albany Recruiting BN; Squad Leader, Master Gunner and Platoon Sergeant with A Co 2-7 IN, 3rd Infantry Division; Platoon Sergeant with the Medical Transient Detachment, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center; Platoon Sergeant with C Co 1-64 AR, 3rd Infantry Division; First Sergeant with A TRP 5-7 CAV, 3rd Infantry Division; First Sergeant with A Co 2-7 IN, 3rd Infantry Division; First Sergeant with HHC 2-7 IN, 3rd Infantry Division;
Master Sergeant Tirko has attended numerous military schools and training programs to include: Squad Designated Marksman, Bradley Advanced Training System (BATS) Instructor/Operator (I/O) Course, Senior BATS I/O Course, Vehicle Crew Evaluator Course, Joint Fires Observes Course, Bradley Master Gunner School, M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Master Gunner Course, Combatives Level I and II, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Safety Officer Course, Army Recruiter School, Warriors Leader Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Master Leaders Course, 2ID First Sergeant and Commanders Course, University Senior Leader (USL) Course, and Army Instructor Course.
Master Sergeant Tirko’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7), Army Achievement Medal (3), Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Iraqi Campaign Medal (3), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Korean Service Medal, NATO Medal, Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 sapphires, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Master Gunner Badge, Expert Wheel Driver Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, and Schutzenschnur.
First Sergeant Tirko holds an Associate Degree from Excelsior College in Business Management/Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree from Post University in Business Management/Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Homeland Security from Northcentral University. First Sergeant Tirko is also a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice.