Schnabel Honors Our Own—Ed Race and David Swenson—on This Veterans Day
Project Engineer, Ed Race, is currently a Major in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as an Engineer officer, Ed has served in the Army Reserves and National Guard for over 15 years. From 2018 to 2019, he deployed to Afghanistan as a Company Commander of the 721st Engineer Construction Company from Dallas, Texas. During their year-long deployment, the 721st completed $22 Million in construction projects at 20 different bases throughout the country. His current assignment is the Brigade Engineer of the 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a headquarters unit responsible for approximately 2,000 Soldiers. “My service in Afghanistan was extremely rewarding because I got to directly apply my civilian expertise overseas to benefit my fellow Soldiers as well as the people of Afghanistan. I was also blessed to lead 150 talented and gifted Soldiers which was an experience that will stay with me forever.”
David Swenson, also a Project Engineer at Schnabel Engineering, served in the United States Navy for six years. While in the Navy, he spent time in various training squadrons first learning to fly fixed wing, then proceeding to fly helicopters. His final duty station was in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4 based at NAS North Island in San Diego, California and deployed on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, CVN 70, flying the H-3 helicopter. The primary mission was anti-submarine patrol around the aircraft carrier and search and rescue for downed aircrew. “The biggest thrill was flying under the Golden Gate Bridge as we left San Francisco enroute to the Indian Ocean,” said David. When asked how his time in the service has helped him within his career in civil engineering and at Schnabel he stated, “My time in the service helped me to be detail-oriented and adapt to changing conditions.”
My time in the service helped me to be detail-oriented and adapt to changing conditions.