Share this page

David King

David King was straight out of high school when he decided to sign up for the Marine Corps Reserves.

He completed boot camp in San Diego and Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton. After training, he went to college at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla.

“I went there for a couple of years and completed my associate’s degree while attending monthly Reserve training in Broken Arrow,” he said.

In 1989, he transferred to Oklahoma State University and continued with the Reserves. In 1990, everything changed.

He got called up to active duty in October, forcing him to withdraw from classes as he prepared to defend U.S. interests on the other side of the world.

He first went to North Carolina for training, then flew to Saudi Arabia to participate in the Gulf War.

He served as an anti-tank TOW guided-missile gunner in the 2nd Marine Division 4th Tank Battalion during both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was 23.

The time still holds a powerful place in his memory. He recalls traveling through oilfields that were all on fire.

“The sky was black,” he said. “We couldn’t see the sun in the middle of the day because it was so dark.”

The experience marked him and gave him an unmistakable resolve to return to Oklahoma and complete his studies. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from Oklahoma State in 1994.

“I wasn’t about to give up after being through all that in the war. It gave me a certain resolve,” he said.

After graduating, he took an oilfield job with Dowell Schlumberger, then worked as a mechanical engineer at Service and Technology Corporation and at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., through Northrup Grumman.

He also spent 10 years as manager of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering department at Sparks and Associates, Inc.

He joined WPX as an engineer in 2015, designing facilities that support the company’s oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.

“As soon as you meet David, you automatically know he’s a Veteran,” says colleague Chris Collard. “He’s confident, selfless, professional, and shows integrity.”

Scott Armstrong agrees. “David is great at analyzing, diagnosing, seeking input, forging detailed plans, then assessing what works and what didn’t.”

David is among six percent of WPX employees who are veterans. The company gives veterans a day off with pay on Veterans Day to recognize their service.

“I’m so honored in the office around Veterans Day,” David said. “So many people come by and shake my hand and say thank you.

“Veterans go through life-changing events. Soldiers typically uproot their lives and put themselves in physical danger to defend this country and to defend the rights that everyone has in this country.”

 

“Veterans go through life-changing events. Soldiers typically uproot their lives and put themselves in physical danger to defend this country and to defend the rights that everyone has in this country.”



WPX: A Total Transformation

prev next
The $WPX 2Q webcast takes place on July 30 starting at 10 a.m. EDT. You can catch the event at… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1280152070201446400
View Tweet

Best Management Practices – Bureau of Land Management

Copyright 2020 WPX Energy

×