Borne The Battle 148: Army Veteran David Lucier – Green Beret Medic, Vietnam MIKE Force Veteran, Security Contractor, Veteran Advocate


Dave Lucier’s life is an interesting journey. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration speech

Sgt David Lucier - 1969

Sgt David Lucier was attached to the Kontum MIKE Force. This photo was taken at the Battle of Ben Het in 1969.

and by a LIFE magazine article, in 1967 David decided to enlist into the Army with the intention of trying out for newly formed Special Forces.

As a combat medic, David became a Green Beret. He was attached to the Kontum MIKE Force. They were tasked with training indigenous forces and conducting operations along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

After returning home, in 1974 David graduated from Arizona State University. He then began a career in finance, banking and real estate. However, in 2003, at the age of 55, David went to Iraq to work as a security contractor with the Department of Defense. He finished his contracting career in 2008 while working for the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan.



MIKE Force Background

Currently, David is involved in many Arizona and national organizations as a military Veteran advocate. His causes include erecting monuments, reforming the Arizona university education model – allowing them to become more Veteran friendly and advocating for more state-sponsored Veteran benefit counselors.

Additionally, David was recently involved with the VA’s “The Moment When” campaign. The project was designed to highlight Veterans who have received mental health assistance, letting Veterans know that they are not alone in their struggles, and to encourage Veterans to get help. It was also designed to encourage family members to assist their loved ones in recovery.

David’s “The Moment When”


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Tanner Iskra

Tanner Iskra joined the VA in 2018 and is the host of the VA’s podcast, “Borne the Battle.” He is a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as an administrator, an intel analyst and as a combat videographer/photographer. During his military career he deployed to OIF III to spent time in many countries as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. After leaving active duty, Tanner was a Senior Post Production Editor with NASCAR Productions. Tanner is a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies and holds a Certificate in Military Motion Media from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.