Dary Finck grew up in Senegal, Africa, as a missionary kid. He returned to the United States in 2000 after completing high school, and started attending MATA in 2001.
By 2005, he had earned his commercial and instrument tickets, a Senegalese pilot’s license, as well as his Airframe and Powerplant licenses at the local Everett Community College. In August 2005, he entered the army as a Cavalry Scout, being assigned to the 82nd Airborne division’s paratrooper reconnaissance unit, 5/73rd Recon. After a tour of seven months in Iraq during 2006 and 2007, he was seriously wounded when insurgents ambushed his night patrol. After 14 surgeries and over 3 years of recovery, the FAA reinstated his medical license and allowed him to continue flying and working on airplanes. His wife, Anna, and he were married just three weeks after being wounded, with the ceremony in the chapel of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Since then, he has taken the position of Asst. Chief of Maintenance at MATA, and has flown two summers in KAKO, Alaska. Dary and Anna were also able to adopt their little bundle of joy, Kinza, in 2010. His vision is to see MATA grow, equipping others to fly for the glory of the Lord.