David was born and raised in Iowa. Joined the Army National Guard in 1981 at age 17. After 3 years and 8 months he got out of the Guard and went to college for a year and a half. In February 1986 he joined the Navy and went to Westpac. He was forward deployed on USS MIDWAY (CV-41) and Destroyer Squadron 15 in Yokosuka, Japan for 6 years...then completed 3 years shore duty there. He deployed five times to the Gulf including Operation Earnest Will and Desert Shield/Storm. He retired from the Navy while stationed in Singapore in November 2003.