Local JROTC graduate make history
Maj. David Butler, above, began his successful Army career through the unique Northumberland program.
When David Butler joined the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps as a freshman at Northumberland High School in 1995, he put on a U.S. Army uniform for the first time. He is still in uniform and, on Jan. 14, Butler became the first Northumberland JROTC graduate to become a major in the U.S. Army.
Butler graduated from Northumberland High School in 1999 and went to Hampton University on an ROTC scholarship. His class at Northumberland was the first to have had a full four-year JROTC course.
After college he entered active duty in the Army as a second lieutenant and has steadily advanced through the ranks to his current field grade position.
During his service, Butler was deployed to war zones several times, most recently as commander of a reconnaissance troop along the Iraq-Syria border.
When not deployed in war zones, Butler has commanded companies in stateside commands.
One of Butler’s commands was the Army’s Tyler Recruiting Company that operated the Army’s technologically advanced recruiting center in East Texas. The command encompasses a 13,800 square mile area.
When the center opened under Butler’s command it was one of only two such advanced centers. He noted that it had been located in Texas in part because one of every 10 Army recruits comes from Texas.
He is currently a student at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
Butler is the son of Donald and Arnetta Butler of Heathsville.