Outdoors: I very much enjoy hunting and fishing along with various other outdoor activities. Hunting camp is one of my favorite places to be!
Reason: I love Veterans and what they have done for our country. I believe New England Adventures is a wonderful and incredible opportunity for the men and women who have put their own lives on the line for the rest of Americans. Getting these men and women connected to the outdoors is very important and much needed, especially for the Veterans that may suffer from depression, PTSD, and all other conditions the military can easily cause. I am very excited and honored to serve on the Executive Board!
I am currently serving proudly on the executive board of New England Adventures. My role is that of the Medical Director for our hunting and fishing trips that I am able to attend and to oversee our staff members who will also be on these trips to ensure CPR and Basic Life support skills are current. I am also a Veteran, I served in the United States Navy from 1986 through 1990 aboard the USS Meyerkord FF – 1058. I have been hunting and fishing for the better part of my life. I first sat on a deer stand when I was 8 years old and my Dad set me at the bottom of an old pine tree with a Marlin 30-30, no shell in the chamber, if I saw a buck I would chamber a round and shoot. I took my first deer at 13 and it was a spike horn, since then I have taken my share and learned a lot about the whitetail deer and how smart they truly are. After my contract with the Navy I became a professional firefighter and rose to the rank of Deputy Chief before I retired to pursue a new career in Nursing. I am married and have 3 great children and a truly great wife. As you can see I have spent my entire adult life dedicated to helping people and New England Adventures provides me with the opportunity to help the people who garner my utmost respect, YOU the Veteran. I look forward to working with you on your next adventure with us.
I moved to Massachusetts, from NJ in 1999 in pursuit of my job. I met and married my beautiful wife in 2003. We have three beautiful daughters ages 18-15-13. Our youngest one hunts with me. We currently reside in Hinsdale, MA in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains
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As well as being the co-founder and president of Warriors2Warriors, a nonprofit Veterans group located in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. He also serves as a member and chaplain of a local Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter in Lebanon, NH and is the High School Varsity Girls Fast-pitch Softball Coach at Rivendell Academy in Orford, NH. David is the Snowboard Supervisor at Ragged Mountain Resort Learning Center in Danbury, NH and serves on the board of Open Window Ministries in White River Junction, VT along with being an Elder and member of the Worship Team at Praise Chapel Outreach in Hartford, VT.
David served during Desert Storm with the USAF and deployed to Kunar Province, Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (AA), who are the subject of the documentary “The Hornet’s Nest” (filmed during the deployment).
It was there he discovered firsthand the challenges that he and his fellow Combat Veterans face after returning home from war; with PTSD, TBI, Physical, Mental and Emotional Distress, which is why he started Warriors2Warriors and has joined the team at New England Adventures in hopes of offering an alternative means to overcoming these challenges. David believes that the key is to incorporate his fellow Veterans in the Camaraderie, Esprit De Corp, and Mission Focus each held during their time of service to our Nation.
His past community involvement includes serving as a board member of Common Ground Ministries in Waxahachie, TX and as a board member of Freedom Declared Ministries in Ennis, TX. David has also served as a youth sports coach in football, baseball, and soccer, from as early as a freshman in high school and is currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University where he is working to obtain his BS in Sports Management.
His interest include; hiking, hunting, fishing, fly fishing, mountain biking, snowboarding, motorcycling, shooting, archery, snowmobiling, and ATVing… just to name a few.
Disaster Preparedness, Quality Assurance Programs and Patient Complaints Coordinator, Unit Strength Coordinator and others. Selection as Family Readiness NCO (FRNCO) in 1999 redirected every aspect of his military experience. The unique needs and challenges of deploying military families had led to creation of this singular position as focal point for the entire military family for communication, parenting, referral assistance, housing support, financial planning and more. Five years after special duty assignment as FRNCO, was selected for First Sergeant duty. These challenging roles in active service led directly to selection, four years later, as a Wingman Advocate. This civil service position remains experimental and a unique capability within the Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah. Critical focus was on suicide intervention and conflict resolution assistance. These coveted civilian peer to peer advocate positions were completely without precedent and crossed a number of typically rigid boundaries; legal, HIPPA, chain-of-command, and labor union lines that required delicate, but confident performance. The crew of 8 initial “Wingman Advocates” faced a 1:1900 rate of suicide among civilian employees. Yet within two years, the base rate was below that of the nation, state and surrounding community. This 7-year front-line, front-row experience combined with previous years of active duty Air Force advocacy and leadership has led Mr Padberg to his application and recent acceptance at Westfield State University in the field of Social Work.
Kevin sought out New England Adventures after being referred by his wife, Rebecca, to Todd Crevier. Rebecca is a counselor with the West Springfield Vet Center. After moving from N. Utah, Kevin has been a stay at home Dad. The summer of 2016 was a difficult time after leaving long days invested in work, friends, coworkers, clients, neighbors and a familiar home for most of 20 years. In his own words:
“The application was easy. I needed easy! Great news was that I had been selected to go on the 2016 bear hunt! The “acceptance”, the experience and the folks I met couldn’t have come at a better time – frankly I was bored, lonely and I could never have afforded to go otherwise. It is now my good fortune to be involved and focused on getting others a similar experience and great-spirited fellowship.”