News | Feb. 22, 2022

Employee Reflection: David Grant

DLA Disposition Services Tucson Property Disposal Specialist, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

A man on a tarmac looks over some equipment on a pallet.
DLA Disposition Services Tucson Property Disposal Specialist David Grant.
A man on a tarmac looks over some equipment on a pallet.
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DLA Disposition Services Tucson Property Disposal Specialist David Grant.
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VIRIN: 220115-D-D0441-5433
Describe your job in a sentence or two.

I perform a variety of property disposal activities by verifying destruction of property requiring demilitarization. My job specifically requires me to ensure all DEMIL property is accounted for at our site and then accounted for while it is conveyed to the contractor’s site for disposal.

How long have you worked for the federal government including military service?

16 years.

How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services?

7 years.

Any favorite DLA Disposition Services memories?

Pre-COVID-19 potluck BBQ and holiday gatherings with my coworkers. I feel when you can take a break over food, you create that family environment and build special bonds with your coworkers and teammates. There are laughs and people are joyful when they eat well.

What aspect(s) of your current job gives you the most personal satisfaction and why?

I really enjoy assisting customers and working with contractors who support us in the DEMIL process. Some contractors or customers have never been around the military, so they have no idea how important the DEMIL process is to DOD. They just know they are hauling government property around or cutting up items that look like junk. I like to share how important the job is to DOD operations and the warfighter. They are usually amazed in the end and have a sense of purpose in the job that they are doing.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you?

Always believe in yourself and you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

I see myself moving into a management position and continuing to play an important role in the daily operations of DLA.

What was your first job?

Working for the Air Force at Cheyenne Mountain, NORAD, Colorado Springs.

Who’s your biggest influence?

My father. He’s served in the Air Force for over 25 years and worked in the civil service.

Any passions or hobbies?

Traveling to the beach or anywhere with blue water and white sands. Listening to great music, especially collecting old vinyl records. Cooking on the grill and hanging out with family and friends.

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