David and wife Sandra are excited to partner with Habitat on their new home! The Veteran Build will begin construction in Spring of 2023 on the 2000 block of Springfield Road in East Peoria.
David joined the Army in 1977, when he was 18. He entered active duty in Chicago, Illinois. David was in the service as an E6-Staff Sargent from 1977 to 1993. After entering the service in Chicago, he was sent to Fort Dixon, New Jersey and Fort Benning, Georgia for training. Staff Sargent Backes was in the Infantry in Fort Davis, Gatun, Panama and Fort Carson, Colorado. During his time in the service, Staff Sargent Backes served as an infantryman for 16 years and 1 month. He worked with Corrections NCO for 5 years and 4 months.
Staff Sargent Backes was awarded:
· Army Service Ribbon
· Oversea Service Ribbon (3)
· Expert Infantryman Badge
· National Defense Service Medal w/1 Bronze Service Star
· DS Ident Badge
· Army Achievement Medal (9)
· Army Commendation Medal (2)
· NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3)
· Army Good Conduct Medal (5)
· German MKM Badge (Brz)
· US Army Retired Lapel Button
Staff Sargent Backes last duty assigned was USA Spt Comd HI USARPAC P1 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He honorably retired in 1993.back