Yesterday marked the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
Today, tens of thousands of participants will march up Fifth Avenue from Madison Square Park to 52nd Street in the 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade. The tradition of honoring all veterans on November 11 began in 1919, following World War I.
Produced by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), the parade is the largest celebration of service in the nation. It traces its origins to marches and celebrations dating back to the end of the American Revolution in 1783.
Today, veterans, military personnel, high school bands, college bands and supporters from all over the nation participate.
Sitting front and center in the parade is local Loudoun County Naval veteran, and co-founder of Military to Motorsports, Dave Tilton. Tilton will be riding on the Military to Motorsports float and in legendary company—today’s Grand Marshal is Air Force veteran Buzz Aldrin (Korean War), a space pioneer and American icon.
In 2015, Tilton began his venture into motorsports through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and an awareness campaign by sponsoring and placing graphics on the Global Rallycross vehicle of Scott Speed. Speed drove for Andretti Autosport and that year, won his first Championship.
The campaign was extremely successful according to Tilton which drove him even further to bridge support for veterans and his love for motorsports.
Tilton and Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosports, champion Cart and Indy car driver, as well as a multi-time champion team owner, began working together on a number of levels.
In 2017, Andretti offered Tilton the opportunity to become an IndyCar chassis owner. Tilton was actually given the choice to own one of three chassis which would have a particular driver during the 2017 race season. Tilton, chose a chassis which would be driven by veteran Takuma Sato. “Not many people could understand why I chose the chassis with Sato—no Asian driver had ever won the Indianapolis 500—It was just a feeling,” said Tilton. His feeling was spot on—Sato won the 2017 101st Indianapolis 500.
The spotlight of Sato and Andretti Motorsports with Tilton as the chassis owner placed Tilton in a position to leverage his success with Speed and now with Sato to further the underlying mission—to bridge support for veterans and motorsports.
Tilton’s fundamental goal was to find a way to help veterans transition into civilian work-force once their military career ended. Andretti loved the idea and wanted to become the catalyst for the program. The foundation of Military to Motorsports was born.
“As a retired service member, the launch of the Military to Motorsports Program with Andretti Autosport is a huge step in efforts to help our veterans successfully transition into the workforce,” said Tilton.
“This program will give well-deserved military personnel the opportunity to utilize their skills and discipline, gained during their service, as part of one of the most successful teams in motorsports. Serving our great nation as a military member is something to be extremely proud of and I know that Andretti Autosport will be honored to have these heroes as part of the team’s success moving forward.”
I was very honored to be asked to produce this commercial for Navy veteran and entrepreneur businessman David Tilton and his organization Military To Motorsports. The commercial is scheduled to run during the Veterans Day parade television broadcast in NYC!
Posted by Kevin Makes Sense Media on Friday, November 10, 2017
This year’s Veteran’s Day parade also commemorates the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War One in 1917. The parade also encompasses one hundred years of American women in the military and highlights the U.S. Air Force, on its 70th birthday as an independent service branch (1947 ~ 2017).
David Tilton started his Military career with the United States Navy in 1983. After a tour on the USS Siapan, LHA-2 as an Intelligence photographer, Tilton was chosen to be a photographic, film and video instructor at the U.S. Navy Photography School in Pensacola, Florida. In 1990, he graduated with honors from the U. S. Navy Diving school and in 1994 with honors from the Navy Diving Supervisors school.
As a Navy Deep Sea Diver, Tilton was the Chief in Charge of the Navy’s Underwater Photography and Combat Camera Team and supported many ‘Special Projects’ for deployment of Ocean Sensors for Anti-Submarine Warfare.
Tilton was transferred to SEAL Team 8 in 1995 where he supported operations and conducted training for Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, around the world.
In 1997, Tilton transferred to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL TEAM 6) where he implemented the Tactical Surveillance Element Division.
As Chief in Charge of the Tactical Surveillance Element, the team supported over two dozen successful operations against terrorist acts during “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Tilton was also a member of the Personal Security Detail for President Hamid Karzai, who became the head of state of Afghanistan in December 2001 after the Taliban government was overthrown.
In 2003, Tilton retired from the Navy with honors, after sustaining a broken neck and back during the war in 2002, and began his private career.
In 2006, Tilton Founded BrimTek Inc., located in Ashburn, VA, providing consulting and high tech surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment to DoD Special Forces, Intelligence Community and various other federal, state, and local agencies across the US.
Tilton also owns Tilton Motorsports in Ashburn and is involved in a number of businesses in Loudoun including DC Prime Steak and Lobster.
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