AEAN Trevor Miller (vx9 vampire) stationed just outside of Ridgecrest, California at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake (NAWS).
“So excited to ride with 609 and DVR”
James joined the US Navy on 1-5-2005 as a BU in the Seabees. BU “A” School Gulf Port Mississippi. He was stationed at Port Hueneme CA, as a member of Battalion 5. Deployed to Kuwait 2006 Camp Navstar, assigned to prefab guard towers supporting Iraq operations, earned SeaBee Combat Warfare Device. Deployed to Guam 2007 assigned to building a security facility. Deployed to Okinawa 2007 Central tool room Manager for Battalion 5. Deployed to Afghanistan 2009 assigned as convoy security and FOB construction.
“I want thank everyone with desert vets and 609 racing for good times in dirt and thank to 609 racing get me in co-driver seat for dp4 Ridgecrest race. I think I want be into off-road racing again. Maybe getting ready build me new car. It’s been on mind all week!- Thank you everyone”
Chuck is a veteran of the US Navy and has been friends with Jeff Goldsmith for many years. Jeff and Chuck go way back and worked together for many years. When Chuck heard about DVR and the races, he quickly raised his hand to help out in the pits.
"I needed this more than I realized. Getting out and connecting with other vets was exactly what I needed."
LCpl Taylor Hiatt, 81s platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines.
Pictured here with long time friend, Ryan McCarty (enlisted) who joined Taylor for the race.
"I am more than excited to get out with DVR and get some seat time and spend time with the 609 Racing team. Thank you, DVR Southeast for the opportunity!"
Brandon chose to enlist in the Ohio Army National Guard at the age of 17. He has had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan serving as a flight engineer on CH-47 Chinooks.
"DVR Southeast is an amazing team. From the moment I got in the car with Jeff, I was a part of that team. Once the visor dropped ...life’s bullshit stopped. Happy to have been afforded that experience. I enjoy working alongside them to help the Veteran community."
Joe has been involved with DVR for many years. He and his wife traveled for days to be at the races with us. He worked tirelessly in the pits making sure the 609 car knew what was going on all over the track and offered encouragement throughout the race.
"Skinny pedal makes it go fast!"
Steve is a 15-year Veteran. Currently still in the Ohio Army National Guard. Two combat deployments to Afghanistan as a CH-47 Flight Engineer. Has been into powersports for a few years and owns a Rzr xp 1000. He has two girls Cora and Elsie and a wife Heather.
"This was an amazing experience! The team of DVR was very welcoming and were equipped with the best equipment out there. It was such an adrenaline rush to participate as Jeff’s A driver and the whole experience made me feel like part of their racing team. Truly an awesome, and one of my most memorable experiences!"
Christine is a US Navy Veteran who served in Washington state 2008-2010 during Operation Enduring Freedom.
"I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Desert Vets found me when I was in a bit of a dark place and helped me pull through. Riding copilot in the 609 car with Jeff was a memorable experience and I got to be a part of something again and learn some new things."
Jeff is a US Navy 1980-1988 Cold War vet and aviation structure mechanic.
"I got the chance to co-drive with the 609 can am. I jumped in on lap 3, but unfortunately we only got to mile 9 before we rolled. We were both ok and went back to the pits for a good laugh. Good times in the desert with my brothers."
SFC Dale McCord has served 28 years in Army / Army National Guard. Deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in ‘02/‘03. Worked in a support role with a Special Operations Support Battalion. Living life to its fullest with my wife Allison and two daughters Emalee and Abigail.
Dale had so much fun with DVR Southeast, he came back to the 10-24-20 race to help with logistics.
"DVR Southeast helps introduce another way of climbing out of the “hole” created by Post Traumatic Stress. The Veteran community can help each other by engaging in activities that ramp up the adrenaline and create good memories while in that state...we call it adrenaline therapy."
SSgt James K. Stewart, United States Marine Corps served as an Air Traffic Controller and Terminal Instrument Procedures specialist from 2008 until 2019 with a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. James has two sons, Jax and Conor.
Following this race, Kyle and his family started building a SXS to race and leverage his local knowledge of the course. He recruited another vet to come out and do the endurance race on 10-24-20 and plans to race with DVR Southeast often!
"DVR Southeast has exposed me to a wonderful alternative therapy along with being able to reconnect with military veterans."
Jessica joined the Army in November 2008. She went to basic training at Ft. Jackson. Started AIT in March of 2009 with B 232 at Ft. SamHouston to become a 68W. Joined 3 ACR, SST, Med Troop in July of 2009. Left for Iraq in Aug of 2010 where she was very active and busy with sick call, convoys and frequent incoming rounds at COS Kalsu. Got back to the states in Sept 2011 less 3 great soldiers. Nothing has really been the same since. Started the MEB process in 2013 and was Medically Retired in Jun of 2014.
Jessica and her family join us for almost all events now!
"I had such an amazing weekend!!! This organization goes so far to make us vets feel like part of the racing community. EVERYONE was so nice and just wanted us vets to have a good time. I had an absolute blast and couldn't deny it if I tried. The smile on my face from the start of the first lap in practice just set the tone for the whole day!
Eric was born into a military family in Rota, Spain and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from high school in 1998, he joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. Eric was fortunate enough to take opportunities presented to him throughout his journey to obtain close to a dozen MOS’s (Military Occupational Specialties) culminating with spending his last six and a half years at Marine Special Operations Command as a Tactical Communicator. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2016.
"Thank you for the opportunity, it was an amazing adventure!!"
Neil was born and raised in Southwest Michigan where he grew up on a farm. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Army in 2006 as an Infantryman and was assigned to 4th IBCT 3ID in Fort Stewart, Georgia. Deployed twice, both times to Iraq. After 8 years of service, he separated from the Army.
"Durhamtown with DVR Southeast was an amazing time. The entire time at the track I felt like family and there was never a dull moment!"
SFC Alexander Noel (RET) . Alex joined the US Army in Aug of 1999 and conducted Basic Training at Fort Benning and Advanced Individual training at t Redstone Arsenal. He had two combat deployments to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom Phase 3: Iraqi Governance, Phase 4: National Resolution, Phase 5: Iraqi Surge. After numerous awards and honors, he retired from the US Army in November of 2019 after 20 years, 2 months, and 8 days of Service. Alex has been married to Shanta for 16 years and we has two l daughters Aniyah and Ariana and currently resides in McDonough, GA.
"I want to give a big thanks to James Stewart for giving me the opportunity to be his codriver. I definitely enjoyed the weekend and it was a pleasure meeting all the guys from DVR Southeast! I look forward to becoming more involved in the side-by-side racing world !"