I went to Immaculate Conception Catholic School in West Springfield through 8th grade. I went to LaSalette Seminary in Enfield, NH for the 9th and 10th grade and raduated from Cathedral high school in Springfield, Ma.
When I graduated I entered the construction trade as a “pipe fitter” ( fire protection ) where I worked until my retirement in February of 2006. As my family grew ( my wife Noreen, my sons Nathan & Todd ) I became involved in Royal Rangers, a Christian Scouting Ministry through my church I served for 23 years. Where I rose through the ranks of this ministry from, Outpost Lt. Commander to Southern New England District Commander. I held this position for 5 years till I retired from Rangers in 2005. Since my retirement I have enjoyed four passions which I indulge – my family, carpentry and wood working, hunting, and fishing.
When Todd asked me if I would get involved with New England Adventures, I accepted in a heartbeat. Although I was the right age to go to Vietnam, I was classified 1Y. I never went but had a lot of friends who went and never came home. And many came
home to terrible lives and harassment. I felt this was a way to do my part in some way and hopefully make a difference for Vets of all wars.
Thank you for the opportunity !!!
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!
Board of Directors
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.”