News | April 9, 2022

Employee Reflection: Brandon Durocher

Material Examiner and Identifier, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

A man poses in front of a tractor.
Material Examiner and Identifier Brandon Durocher of the DLA Disposition Services site at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
A man poses in front of a tractor.
Material Examiner and Identifier Brandon Durocher of the DLA Disposition Services site at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
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VIRIN: 220404-D-D0441-701
Describe your job.

Intake of all DOD turn-in property for Alaska. This requires that paperwork matches items being turned in, quantities are correct and all property requiring certificates are compliant prior to movement to warehouse/yard or respective scrap areas. 

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

20 years.

How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services?

10 years.

What is your favorite memory with DLA Disposition Services?

When we rolled our morale leave into a weekend to go camp and fish on a charter out of Seward, Alaska.

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

To know we are being effective stewards for both the taxpayer and environment.

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

Just be yourself no matter what others think.

What kind(s) of training and education helps your work performance in your current role?

Most of my training in this field has been through working logistics in the Navy and Air Force as well as on-the-job training here and other DLA training facilities.

What would you say has been your major contributions to your organization this year in your job?

Moving hundreds of thousands of pounds of scrap that had been stuck for over three years out of our yard and into the hands of our scrap contractors.  

What was your first job?

Shoveling driveways in the winter and mowing yards in the summer with my brother and our longtime friend.

Name your favorite/recent book(s) you have read.

Favorite books are any of the Halo novels that have been published. Currently reading the Atlantis Gene series by A.G. Riddle.

What are some of your passions outside of work?

Spending time with my daughter, especially when taking trips to our family property.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be warned by another’s woe.” – Njals saga.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

To be in the military is what I remember the most.

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? 

Get to go in all the roped-off areas of famous historical sites of the world, to get the full experience.

Any thrills or adventures worth sharing?

If I had to pick just one, I would say when I was out on a friend’s boat in the Resurrection Bay of Seward, Alaska, and we saw humpback whales doing full jumps and spinning in the air. To see them just breaching is quite a sight on its own!