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2019

June 27-29:  USA Cycling Paracycling Road National Championships in Knoxville, TN

    Bronze medalist in the Handcycle Team Relay with Oksana Masters and Jerry Cuzick

    Bronze medalist in the time trial


May 16-19:  UCI Paracycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium

    6th in the time trial, 7th in the road race


May 10-12:  UCI Paracycling Road World Cup in Corridonia, Italy

    Silver medalist in the Handcycle Team Relay with Will Groulx and Brandon Lyons

    9th in the time trial


Apr. 6:  First hand cyclist and 6th overall in El Tour de Mesa 50K in Mesa, Arizona


Feb. 15-17:  First overall across all classifications at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoenix, Arizona

2018 US Paracycling National Team Relay Champions

2018

Sept. 15:  Air Force Marathon winner and set a new record


Aug. 15-19:  UCI Paracycling Road World Cup in Baie-Comeau, Canada

    Bronze medalist in the Handcycle Team Relay with Alicia Dana and Ryan Pinney

    5th in the time trial, 5th in the road race


Aug. 9:  West Valley View Article: Disabled Avondale athlete looks to establish cycle of victory

https://www.westvalleyview.com/news/disabled-avondale-athlete-looks-to-establish-cycle-of-victory/article_50679e5e-9b57-11e8-ba75-5fbdbc0de5d0.html


July 6-8:  UCI Paracycling Road World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands

    Gold medalist in the Handcycle Team Relay with Will Groulx and Ryan Pinney

    7th in the time trial, 8th in the road race


June 23:  Spoke with residents at the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona


June 13-15:  USA Cycling Paracycling Road National Championships in Augusta, Georgia

    Gold medalist in the Handcycle Team Relay with Will Groulx and Ryan Pinney

    Bronze medalist in the time trial


12 News Article: Arizona riders help earn gold at paracycling road nationals

https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/valley/arizona-riders-help-earn-gold-at-paracycling-road-nationals/75-564263996?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5b224be14b73850007c0ce5d&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook


May 9:  Spoke with students at the Senior Living Center in Phoenix, Arizona


May 3-6:  UCI Paracycling Road World Cup in Oostende, Belgium

    9th in the time trial, 10th in the road race


Apr. 22:  Spoke with student pilots, their instructors and parents at the Aviation Explorers event in Mesa, Arizona


Apr. 7:  First hand cyclist and 9th overall in El Tour de Mesa 50K in Mesa, Arizona


Trail Winds Article: Arizona paracyclist aims high

https://www.facebook.com/TheBerlingDream/posts/1548888298562316


Mar. 3:  Spoke with participants at the March of the Fallen event in Arizona


Feb. 16-18:  2nd overall across all classifications at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoenix, Arizona


Jan. 25:  Named to the 2018 U. S. Paralympics Paracycling National Team

https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2018/January/25/2018-US-Paralympics-Cycling-National-Team-Announced


Jan. 18:  Spoke with the Phoenix Hispanic Network at the City of Phoenix

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2017

September 28:  Avondale Paracyclist Races for National Team https://www.westvalleyview.com/community/avondale-paracyclist-races-for-national-team/article_39303b68-a3ac-11e7-9523-138bc06071a0.html


August 31 - September 2:  UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

   8th in the time trial, 7th in the road race


August 29:  Berling Rides Comeback Trail All the Way to South Africa

http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2017/August/29/Berling-Rides-Comeback-Trail-All-The-Way-To-South-Africa


June 30 - July 2:  UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands

   4th in time trial, 8th in road race, 5th in Team USA relay


June 26:  Odyssey Online article written by my niece, Maddie Market

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/just-living-the-dream-captain-david-berlings-story


June 22:  US Paralympics Cycling Names 2017 World Championship Team

http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2017/June/22/062217-US-Paralympics-Cycling-Names-2017-Road-World-Championships-Team


May  19-21:  UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Oostende, Belgium

   6th in time trial, 9th in road race


May 12-14:  UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Maniago, Italy

   7th in time trial, 9th in road race


May 6:  First handcyclist in the Javelina Chase​ / Arizona State Road Race Championship


May 5:  Spoke with students at both Duncan and Morenci High Schools in Arizona

http://www.eacourier.com/copper_era/news/duncan-schools-welcome-motivational-speaker/article_d97c4a00-3523-11e7-b0a3-ffc94e8cf568.html


April 27-29:  2017 USA Cycling Para-Cycling Road Nationals in Grand Junction, Colorado

   Gold medalist in the H5 classification time trial

   Silver medalist in the H5 classification road race


April 1:  First hand cyclist and 5th overall in El Tour de Mesa 50K in Mesa, Arizona

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2016

November 19:  First handcyclist and 2nd overall in El Tour de Tucson 40 miler in Tucson, Arizona


November 13:  Won the Silver Strand Half Marathon in Coronado, California


October 30:  Second place in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.


October 9:  First handcyclist and 14th overall in the Tour de Scottsdale 30 miler in Scottsdale, Arizona


September 17:  Won the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio, setting a new record of 1:14:27


September 9:  Spoke with students at Bret Tarver Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona


August 20:  Placed second in the Team Relay at the Fall Triathlon at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona


Summer:  Won the Handcycle division at the Double Eagle Time Trial Series in Albuquerque, New Mexico


July 2:  US Paralympic Team Trials in Charlotte, North Carolina

   Third place in the H5 classification


May 25-28:  2016 USA Cycling Para-Cycling Road Nationals in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

   Silver medalist in the H5 classification road race

   Silver medalist in the H5 classification time trial

   Gold medalist in the H5 classification criterium


Apr. 29 - May 1:  2nd in the H5 classification at Defi Sportif in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  

    First international race.


Apr. 1-5: Attended the Paracycling Development Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California


Feb. 12-14:  3rd across all classifications at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoenix, Arizona


Feb. 8:  Clippedin.bike interview and article VOS added to National Paralympic calendar

http://clippedin.bike/vos-added-to-national-paralympic-calendars/


Feb. 5-7:  3rd in the H5 classification at the Top End Euro-American Championships in Clermont, Florida

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2015

Nov. 21:  First handcyclist and 17th place overall in El Tour de Tucson 40 miler in Tucson, Arizona


Nov. 15:  Won the Silver Strand Half Marathon in Coronado, California


Oct. 11:  First handcyclist and 27th place overall in the Tour de Scottsdale 30 miler in Scottsdale, Arizona


Sept. 19:  Won the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio


Sept. 13:  Won the Handcycle division at the Arizona Individual Time Trial State Championships in Picacho Peak, Arizona


Sept. 11:  Spoke with students at Bret Tarver Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona

http://azednews.com/2015/09/10/tarver-elementary-to-commemorate-birthday-of-namesake/


Aug. 29:  Won the Team Relay at the Fall Triathlon at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona


Aug. 21:  Spoke at the 2015 Annual Sessions of the Grand York Rite of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and received an award for service to the community


Aug. 7:  Spoke with military service members of the 944th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/174067/survivor-shares-his-story-resilience#.VspBPRzaO68


Summer:  Won the Handcycle division at the Double Eagle Time Trial Series in Albuquerque, New Mexico


May 29-31:  Won the H5 classification at the Kansas Adaptive Cycling Omnium in Wichita, Kansas


May 23-25:  2015 USA Cycling Para-Cycling Road Nationals in Chattanooga, Tennessee

  Bronze Medalist in the H5 Classification Time Trial

  4th place in the H5 Classification Road Race


May  8:  Just Living the Dream: No Way Out But Through named WINNER of Best  Autobiography by Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  Also a FINALIST in  the Military and Motivational categories.

http://www.indiebookawards.com/winners/2015


Apr. 23-25:  Won the H5 classification at the Clocktower Classic in Rome, Georgia


Mar. 28:  Only handcyclist and 4th place overall at the Javelina Chase in Duncan, Arizona.


Feb. 28:  Won the Phoenix Marathon


Feb. 20:  Just Living the Dream featured at the Youngtown Library Book Club meeting.  

   Missy and I were invited as guest speakers.


Feb. 13-15:  8th across all classifications at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Phoenix, Arizona

   First USA Cycling event.


Jan. 10:  Won the Arizona Disabled Sports Run, Walk, and Roll in Mesa, Arizona

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2014

Dec. 3:  Read books and spoke with children about people with disabilities at the Luke Air Force Base Library


Nov. 22:  Third handcyclist and 64th place overall in El Tour de Tucson 40 miler in Tucson, Arizona


Nov. 16:  2nd place at the Silver Strand Half Marathon in Coronado, California


Fall:  Wounded Warrior Project magazine interview and article.  Go to page 17 of 19.

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/1646/wwp-0255_interactive_6.pdf


Oct. 24:  Spoke with middle school students at McGuire Middle School in Lakeville, Minnesota


Oct. 23:  La Crosse Tribune article Book recounts HHS grad's plane crash, recovery

http://lacrossetribune.com/courierlifenews/news/local/book-recounts-hhs-grad-s-plane-crash-recovery/article_06ceb08a-53db-59dd-9e91-f95d42a2f693.html


Oct.  21:  Returned to Holmen High School to speak with 300+ students, and  presented with Missy that evening at the University of Wisconsin - La  Crosse 

https://issuu.com/uw-lacrosse/docs/lantern_summer_2014_web1 (Go to page 9)


Oct. 20:  US Air Force Torch Magazine article Man on Wire

http://www.torch.aetc.af.mil/News/Features/Display/tabid/4875/Article/567587/man-on-wire-pilot-overcomes-losing-legs-after-crashing-plane-into-power-lines.aspx


Oct. 19:  Spoke during Sunday services at Halfway Creek Lutheran Church in Holmen, Wisconsin


Sep. 11:  Ebook version of Just Living the Dream released!


Apr. 21:  Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolt article

http://www.luke.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/3070/Article/641153/plane-crash-coma-doesnt-deter-pilot.aspx

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2013

Dec. 7:  Spoke at the Naval Medical Center  San Diego Project C.A.R.E (Comprehensive Aesthetic Restorative Effort)  Summit in San Diego, California, about the tissue expansion and  reconstruction done on my right stump.


July:  Just Living the  Dream: No Way Out But Through by Captain (retired) David Berling,  Melissa Berling, and Kim Berling published by Lava Flow Publishing

2012

Oct. 26:  Spoke at the National Disability Employment Awareness Month luncheon held at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
http://www.luke.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/3070/Article/358604/disabled-retiree-has-story-of-courage-rebirth.aspx

2007

Oct. 15:  Cut the ribbon for the grand  opening of the Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) unit  at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.