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Arkansas
Military Veterans'
Hall of Fame

Colonel David Cecil Underwood | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Colonel David Cecil Underwood

Colonel Underwood, U.S. Air Force, Viet Nam. Awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Colonel Underwood has over 4,000 flying hours and 600 Combat hours.

Colonel Underwood started his life in Harrison Arkansas. After High School, David went to college in Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Oklahoma State University. He graduated with a bachelor in music education degree, a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force in order to Pilot training. Based in the Philippines, Colonel Underwood spent the next two and a half years blank c-130s in Vietnam. He next spent eight years flying c-130s worldwide from Dyess Air Force Base Abilene Texas. After promotion to Major, he was sent to the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California for a master's degree in National Security and international Affairs. This was followed by an assignment as air attache for the 16 countries of West Africa. This led to a job in the Pentagon working for the Chief of Staff USAF followed by a tour on The Joint Chiefs of Staff where he worked in policy and planning for Desert Storm and was the chief military negotiator for ending the war in Angola. Colonel Underwood retired from the Air Force in 1994 as a colonel with over 4000 flying hours and 600 combat hours. At the request of the United Nations, he went to Bahrain and Iraq to help the UN destroy Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. In 1997 Governor Mike Huckabee asked him to join his staff as a political adviser. He retired from the state in 2008. 

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