Happy Military Appreciation Month! Throughout the month we are going to honor a few of our agents who have served for our country, to say thank you and share their story.

Today we are honoring one of our Agent Advisory Board Members from Louisiana, David Clements.

Fireteam Alpha - Agent Advisory Board Members from Louisiana, David Clements - Military Appreciation

David served for 10 years as a US Army/ Louisiana Army National Guard.  He then rose to the rank of E-6/ Staff Sergeant. His primary MOS was a 12B, which is commonly known as a Sapper.  In 10 years he had several trips overseas with 1 combat deployment to Afghanistan.  There he served as a squad leader/ Platoon Sergeant, of a route clearance platoon.  His company’s main mission was to run route clearance packages along several routes in his area of operation. These routes had to be cleared daily of IED’s and ambush, in order to provide a safe passage for supply convoys and/or forward assault elements. His role as a squad leader was to lead the ground team.

Route Clearance Package - Milotary

His awards include the, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w M device, Nato Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Louisiana War Cross. He’s also, currently a member of the VFW and the American Legion.

David is a 3rd generation military.  His paternal grandfather was in the Army Air Corps in Europe, during WWII, and his maternal grandfather was Army serving in the Pacific, during the war. Also, his father was a Louisiana Army National Guard.

What inspired him the most to serve our country was to follow in his families footsteps. He has always felt the need to serve, and it was 9/11, he said, that pushed him over the edge.

Currently, David is a personal lines/ Office Manager at Clements Insurance Services. When he was serving as the NCO, his main job was managing troops, and making sure his troops are taken care of.  It could be anything from beans and bullets, to personal guidance and advice. He takes those skills with him to his current job.  He puts a lot of effort into making sure his employees are performing to their maximum potential, all while being comfortable and happy with their work environment.

He says the most important thing we have in life is “the freedom we have in this country.  The security that so many take for granted, and the physical beauty of this place we call home.” He also says, “Serving my country by leading troops in combat is the greatest honor of my life.”

We are so honored to be able to share David’s story with you. Thank you David for all you have done for our country and all that you continue to do! Our country wouldn’t be where it is today without honorable troops like you.

David Clements with his wife and children

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