Heroes of Texoma: How a retired Lt. Col. serves his community after 22-year USAF career

Heroes of Texoma: How a retired Lt. Col. serves his community after 22-year USAF career

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A man who now calls Texoma home knew at a young age he wanted to serve his country.

"I had a boy scout master back when I was in junior high that was fairly inspirational to me. He happened to be an Army recruiter and the funny thing that he told me was that if I joined the service I need to go into the Air Force," retired Lt. Col. David Toogood said.

That inspiration carried on into high school where David began looking into the Air Force Academy.

"I thought it was a good combination to be able to serve my country, join the Air Force and have a good education," he said.

His career took him all over the country. Toogood spent time in Mississippi, Florida, Japan, Texas, Virginia, Nevada, South Korea and Alaska.

"The flying is exciting. That was a wonderful part of being in the military," he said.

Lt. Col. Toogood spent time as an instructor pilot twice at Sheppard Air Force Base and retired here in April of this year after serving nearly 22 years in the military.

"I was at a point in my life where I had an option of either continuing in the military or retiring, and I had made the decision that I enjoyed being in the military and I was going to stay there until something better came along and that's when I heard about Work Services Corporation," he said.

Work Services Corporation works to empower people with disabilities through training and employment. David serves at the president of WSC.

"It's an opportunity to lead a large organization towards and very special and important mission," he said.

While he does not consider himself a hero, he wants to use this platform for the greater good.

"It's humbling. I appreciate it. But really I hope to use part of that recognition to advance what our company is trying to do," he said.

David is training five of his employees with varying disabilities to ride in their first Hotter'N Hell Hundred. For a closer look at that story click here.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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