Sergeant Major Wayne A. Davidson is a native of Evansville, Indiana and he enlisted in the United States Army in August 1992 as a Food Service Specialist MOS 94B.
SGM Davidson’s duty position have included Chief Culinary MGMT NCO , HHBN 82D ABN Div., Operation Sergeant /Culinary MGMT NCO, GSB, 3D SFG (ABN) at Fort Bragg, NC First Sergeant, FSC 1ST , 3D SFG (ABN) at Fort Bragg NC HHD 1SG/ Senior Food Operations Sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Group Support Battalion 3D Special Force Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC, Senior Food Operations at 130th Engineer Brigade at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Senior Food Operations Sergeant at 3rd Brigade Combat Team Fort Bragg, NC, Senior Food Operations Sergeant 6/37th Field Artillery Camp Stanley Korea, Small Group Leader at XVIII Airborne Corp Fort Bragg, NC, Shift Leader at 261stMedical Company Fort Bragg, NC, Shift Leader, B CO 86th Signal CO, Fort Huachuca, AZ Shift Leader 1/187th Infantry Battalion Fort Campbell, KY and a Cook 2ND Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA/ Fort Polk, LA.
SGM Davidson’s stateside tours have included Fort Bliss, TX, Fort Bragg, NC, Schofield Barracks, HI, Fort Huachuca, AZ, Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Polk, LA, Fort Lewis, WA. He served one overseas tour in Korea (2004-2005). He has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan in support of various combat operations.
SGM Davidson awards include, the Bronze star (1oak leaf), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5OLC), Army Meritorious Unit Award (1 oak leaf), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1 Campaign Star), Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbons (3), Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge
My moto is live every day like it’s your last day. I was injured in a parachute jump that caused a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) with frontal lobe damage. I have been involved with Operation Motorsport since June of 2018. They have let me experience that there is life after the Army and continue to push past your injury and live every day.
I am also an enlisted member at the WTB (Warrior Transition Battalion). I had the pleasure of greeting distinct spectators at the lush Lambo Lounge at the track for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway Not all OpMo opportunities are in pit lane. There is a saying some veterans have heard throughout their days in service that goes, ‘The leaders take care of the soldiers, but who takes care of the leaders.’ In this instance Operation Motorsport steps in and brings the two together, “It was a very eye-opening experience where senior enlisted and junior enlisted worked together as a team to accomplish the mission and in a relaxing environment. I would love to work with Operation Motorsports again and again.”
I had the invited and had the pleasure of working with Park Place Motorsports racing team at Watkins Glen and CTMP. The crew made me feel welcome and comfortable.It was a blessiang to feel like you are part of the team. You could tell the team was a well oiled machine and everyone had their part on the team as well as the Hospitality team which was an important part of the team as a whole. You need to make sure that all members of the team are taken care of. That included everyone from the tire guy as well as the drivers. It was a pleasure working with them and they created an excellent atmosphere to work in for the veterans that work with them from Operation Motorsport.
Staff Sergeant Katrina Williams is a Supply Specialist (9-2Y) current serving with 15 years of service. She has completed combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Katrina ensured the unit was supplied with whatever they needed to be ready for combat. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2017 and is currently in her recovery phase.
I learned about Operation Motorsport from my Unit. I’m a car gal and love working on cars as a hobby. As I’m currently attending an automotive college, these opportunities are right in my wheelhouse.
It never crossed my mind that I could be part of a race team.
I’ve previously been embedded with John Cooper MINI for the Michelin GT Challenge Excite Program at VIR (Virginia International Raceway). Now I’m working with LAP Motorsports. I go where I’m needed and this season I feel right at home with LAP and their Honda effort.
Operation Motorsport is a great experience for wounded soldier to get away, relax and just let their hair down. I believe the program would help a lot of military. It’s something different for you to do to just unwind. It’s more than just working on the cars. There are a lot of different opportunities that are available for beneficiaries.
You meet amazing people. Even if it’s not what you are looking for, there is someone that knows someone to help you get to what your heart desires. Excite, Engage and Empower!
Sergeant Christopher Anderson, Canadian Special Forces, has completed several Operation Motorsport ‘Engage’ events and has made the transition from beneficiary to Recovery Programs Manager.
Christopher joined the CAF (Canadian Air Force) in 1997 as Infantry. He later transferred to the RCEME (Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers) Branch as a Vehicle Technician. Chris later transferred within the branch to Elecro-Optics Technician (formerly Fire Control Systems). After suffering an OSI (Operational Stress Injury), which resulted in severe OCD reaction to normal stress, Chris was successfully treated with two rounds of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and medications treating depression and anxiety. Post treatment, he went on to successfully pass selection for the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR Unit within the CANSOFCOM Branch), later transferring to his current position with CJIRU (Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit). Chris has had various deployments overseas including Israel, Syria, Africa, Jordan and Iraq. He now acts as a mentor and facilitator within SOMA (Special Ops Mental Agility) Program. The program helps members gain the tools and techniques to deal with daily and combat stress, to raise awareness and reduce the stigma related to mental health and open the door for others to share their experiences with mental health issues and/or seek help.
Sergeant First Class Andrew Ostman enlisted into the United States Army Reserve in 2004. In 2006 transferred to active duty as a 13F, Fire Support Specialist (Fister). Fisters are trained to be the eyes of Death. His main task in the Army is to train soldiers to seek and destroy the enemy. Andrew twice deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He also completed one deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with the 10th Mountain Division (Ft. Drum, New York). Sergeant First Class Andrew Ostman suffers from severe spinal nerve damage and was medically retired from the U.S. Army in January of 2019.
A Very Proud Canadian, Warrant Officer (Retired) Jeff Brown, with 27.71 years, a Traffic Technician (Logistics) who specialized as a Loadmaster on the CC130 Hercules for 7 years and spent his last 4 years with Special Forces. Deployed around the Globe as Loadie and (MAMS Mobile Air Movement Section) for a large part of his Career and 24 months in Afghanistan alone. Due to a back injury, and some foot issues he was forced to retire a touch sooner than planned. He has a 7 year old son, Ryder, that makes retirement very rewarding. From Hot Wheels to Muscle Cars life pretty much revolves around time with his son and Wheels making Operation Motorsport a great place for this Vet.
I am Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3) DeWayne Crawford, Paratrooper in the US Army currently stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. My job title in the Army is a 131A Field Artillery Targeting Officer. As a Field Artillery Warrant Officer, I was responsible for providing assistance and advice to the commander and staff on all matters relative to the employment of target acquisition assets and the Army’s targeting methodology. I have three combat deployments to Afghanistan (2 with 82nd Airborne Division and 1 RS HQ) and 1 deployment to Kosovo. I will be officially medically retired from the military on March 27, 2018 with 20 years and 7 months of military service........ download and read all of DeWayne's story below.......
I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in September of 2006. I attended boot camp aboard MCRD Parris Island and graduated in December of 2006. Upon completion of boot camp and Marine combat training, I was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for my primary military occupation specialty school as an artillery forward observer. I deployed in 2007 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. ........ download and read all of Jonathan's story below.......
Master Sergeant Ralph Waller served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1997 to 2017. Ralph was a founding member of the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command in 2006. He was deployed to 2 tours of duty in Iraq and 3 tours in Afghanistan.
I am an Army veteran that has struggles with both mental and physical illnesses. I often say that the army is the most fun that I ever want to have once. Due to the difficulties that I faced in the army and the issues with the VA, I now help to advocate for veterans and research and help to prepare policy on military and veteran's related issues for the North Carolina Legislature......... download and read all of Alex's story below.......
When I did my intake with Operation Motorsport Executive Director, Tiffany, she asked, “What do you want from this experience,” my reply, “I want to find my missing creative side, I want to write, focus, and discover my true passion for videography.” ....download and read all of Renee's story below....