David Hamel is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant having served over 30 years on active duty in aircraft maintenance and as Director of the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a past Alabama State Commander of the Korea Defense Veterans of America and past Eastern District Commander of AMVETS, North Carolina. He has performed 160 Prisoner of War-Missing In Action (POW-MIA) table presentations and has served as the state POW-MIA Chairman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Departments of Alabama and North Carolina, and is a past National Aide-de-Camp. Dave is an Eagle Scout and remains active in scouting as a Troop Chartered Organization Representative, Eagle Scout advisor, and has served as State and National Scouter for the VFW.
Completing 27 years of marathon racing, and locally known as the “Ray Road Runner,” Dave has finished 117 marathons in all 50 states, as of this writing. Nicknamed “Scrappy” in the Fort Bragg hockey community, he cross-trains playing aggressive ice hockey.
Dave is a motivational speaker on ﬁtness and self-preservation, and Air Force history and heritage. He has also earned dual Masters Degrees: Human Resources Development, and Computer Resources and Information Management.
He resides in Spring Lake, North Carolina with his wife Gloria, of over 23 years