David Wood spent his teen years in Knoxville, TN, and enlisted for active duty in the Marine Corps from 1999 – 2005, attaining infantry Sergeant in his first two years and serving with SRIG (Surveillance / Reconnaissance / Intelligence Group). David was deployed four times: Panama, two Marine Expeditionary Unit floats and, following 9/11, Operation Enduring Freedom as part of the first wave of troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, David entered the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he studied philosophy and religious studies, graduating with his BA. In 2009, David moved to Hong Kong, where he did liaison work for three NGOs, founded several companies that he owns and runs under the banner of DJW Holdings, and still lives with his wife and children.
David’s passion and expertise in designing and sourcing tactical clothing, gear, and camo, came out of his military service. David has wanted to utilize a tactical camo pattern, breaking away from the traditional twigs and trees and focusing instead on a 3D graphic camo specifically designed to protect the urban warrior. He has learned the fabrics / design / printing / process working intensively and intentionally with the fabric mills, printing mills and design teams.
When David developed Virtus Outdoor Group (VOG) clothing, utilizing new camo patterns as well as new high-end tech fabrics for VOG’s three-layer jacket system, he tested it on friends and associates, all brothers-in-arms who are active duty US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) warriors. The VOG camo patterns and garments have been vigorously tested and praised by some of our country’s most elite warriors.
David is also an extreme athlete, enjoying canyoning, rock-climbing, mountaineering, and Crossfit, which led him also to design a line of athletic clothing and gear for extreme athletes. This line has been tested and is constantly being modified to suit the needs of the various extreme athletes.