David Nicholson comes from a very strong military family, from his father’s service and his father’s father’s service, to his three sons currently serving their country. His legs have taken him to Japan, Guam, Korea, Puerto Rico — just about everywhere. He served 12 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy before going to work at various corporate airlines with his aircraft mechanic skills. Nicholson then became a private contractor, a job which led him to be deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of military personnel. In less than a year, 60 mm rockets ravaged his base. It killed most of his team members and blew off both of his legs. A bi-lateral amputee, Nicholson initially just wanted to walk again, but now he wants to do a whole lot more than just walk.
Nicholson comes from a long line of military service. His father, uncles, and three sons have all or currently are serving in the United States military. After 24 years with the U.S. Navy, and instead of retiring, Nicholson went back to work in Afghanistan as a field engineer for defense contractor Locheed Martin, in “Operation Enduring Freedom,” from August 2010 to April 2011.
Despite nearly losing his life from an enemy attack in 2011, Nicholson helped save hundreds of lives in the moment of crisis, ultimately saving an exponential number of lives from those lives saved.
It was the exponential component, “You can’t count the others that will live because of the people that we saved,” that inspired Nicholson’s design. By saving one life, you save an entire line of lives. All of the people are defined by the spaces between them and are connected in an organic structure, “On the shoulders of the shoulders of others.”
- Navy/Gold represents the colorway of the U.S. Navy.
- The wings logo on the tongue’s shaft represents the MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code) Nicholson held while serving in the U.S. Navy. He was an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, better known as a Jet Engine Mechanic.
- “We Never Quit” is the mentality Nicholson and comrades championed during their service.
- The velcro straps on the collar enables Nicholson to wear his boot over his prosthetic legs.
- “Fly Navy” represents the work Nicholson did while in the U.S. Navy, working on large four-engine turboprop transports such as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion, as well as fighter jets and a variety of helicopters.
- The Eagle and the Anchor on the lateral shaft are the longtime symbols of Navy leadership and protection.
Since 1979, Nancy has been delivering unique design solutions to a vast array of clients, including Herman Miller. She is a freelance designer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.