SGM Mark Lavender graduated Armor Crewman Basic Training from the United States Army Armor center in 2001 and was awarded the Military Occupation Specialty of Armor Crewman (19K).
Prior Assignments: SGM Lavender has held every position in the M1A2 SEP Main Battle Tank, and every leadership position as an Armor Noncommissioned Officer, to include being a Headquarters Company First Sergeant. SGM Lavender has had multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has supported the Republic of Korea two times, serving as a rotational unit First Sergeant. Before arriving to the Fighting Irish Battalion, he was assigned as the First Sergeant in Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, from Fort Hood Texas.