Retired Master Sergeant Nick Blumer was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1998, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and underwent basic training in at MCRD in San Diego. Following basic training, he attended the Enlisted Ammunition Specialist Course in Redstone, Alabama. The Marine Ammunition Technician is responsible for storing and handling of ammunition and explosives. He distinguished himself during training and was meritoriously promoted to Lance corporal.
Following his graduation from technical school, he was ordered to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune 2nd Supply Battalion where he served four years in various positions such a package crew NCO, Rifle Range NCO, and Platoon Sergeant. After exiting the Marine Corps, Nick moved back home to Sioux Falls, SD to attend school and work.
For a few years he worked for a multinational financial services company in sales and as a risk consultant, but ultimately decided to re-enlist and serve in the South Dakota Air National Guard. During this time, he volunteered and deployed twice in support Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in 2008, 2009, 2010, and to Afghanistan in 2018 in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
Throughout his time in the Air National Guards, Nick worked for a nationally recognized Health Care Clearinghouse as their Chief Information Officer, Chief Privacy Officer, and VP of Operations. Nick officially retires from 20 years of service on June 01, 2022 and will now focus on expansion of his two companies and more time with his family.
Nick started Sodak Defense during covid to support the veteran and first responder community by offering South Dakota & military themed apparel, accessories, and premium roasted coffee.
In addition to Sodak Defense, Nick and Kellee recently purchased a local business in Sioux Falls SD, JD’s House of Trophies. JD's House of Trophies was established in 1973 is one of the area's largest retailer of awards, personalized gifts & promotional items.