Captain David "Sofa" Stark

United States Marine Corps, LETU Class of 2000

I graduated from LeTourneau in 2000 with a B.S. in aeronautical science , electrical concentration. My freshman year, I enrolled in the USMC Platoon Leaders’ Course program. While at LeTourneau, I attended Officer Candidate School during the summer. Upon graduation, I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the USMC. My first year in the military I attended the Basic School and Infantry Officer's Course. After these, I attended Naval Flight School. I selected the F-18 after completion of flight school in June 2003.

My initial year flying F-18s was with VMFAT-101 in San Diego, learning how to fly the aircraft. After this year I was assigned to VMFA(AW)-225 Vikings, where I spent three years flying the F-18D. While flying with the Vikings, we were deployed twice to the Western Pacific. I'm now on a second flying tour with 409 Tactical Flying Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada where I'm an exchange pilot serving with the Canadian air force flying their F-18. Primary duties here involve domestic air defense in conjunction with NORAD. Flying F-18 is incredible fun. Dogfighting, dropping bombs and inverted ridgeline crossings are your daily activities. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!

The USMC is an organization that maintains the highest standards and is America's force in readiness. As a Marine Aviator, your primary mission is supporting the Marines on the ground, whether that be transporting them, dropping bombs in close air support, or defending the skies over them.