David Flounders -
SSSVP, Inc. 501(c)3 President
Dave entered the military after two years of pre-med at UPJ. His first assignment was to the USS Missouri BB-63 recommissioning crew in 1984 as a Machinist Mate (MM), and his first overseas tour was in Operation Earnest Will. After 4 years he transferred to the USS Fulton AS-11. His final Navy assignment was to the NLON Subbase to repair subs at the R-9 Outside Machine shop, where he left the Navy as an MM1(SW). Dave joined the Connecticut Army National Guard in 1995 as a 68B30 Turbine Engine Tech, working full time as Excepted Service at the 1109th Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot (AVCRAD) in Groton, CT. In 2003 he took his commission as a Transportation Officer with the 1048th Medium Truck Company and deployed with them to OIF in 2006-07. He returned to the 1109th AVCRAD as the Rear Detachment Executive Officer from Jan 2008 – Jun 2009, volunteering while they deployed overseas. During his stint at the 1109th, he watched it change names from the AVCRAD to the Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASMG). During OEF 2010-2011, Dave deployed with the Aviation Depot Maintenance Roundout Unit (ADMRU) as the Environmental Officer and W2Q Aviation Theater Warehouse as the Accountable Officer. During the year in theater, his warehouse saw a total thru put of over 3.7 billion dollars of material, including 600 million dollars of retrograde (reclamation items for repair and return to supply system). After just 9 short months home, he again deployed to OND 2012-2013, with his home unit of the 1109th TASMG. This time he closed down the warehouse, was again the Environmental Officer, as well as taking his turn as Commander of the Headquarters Company. Upon his return home he was transferred to the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit, where he underwent shoulder surgeries on both shoulders and completed his VA claims, and was Medically retired in December of 2014 due to PTSD. After a rough year he engaged with the Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), purchased a farm with Kathleen, and is currently on his way to making a difference in the lives of other Veterans.