Salute to Veterans with Donald Brown, U.S. Air Force

  • Salute to Veterans with Donald Brown, U.S. Air Force

Donald Brown served as a Munitions Specialist/Weapons Safety Technician in the Air Force from 1985 to 2012. He started his career at Jefferson Lab in 2015 and now works as a Materials and Supply/Stockroom specialist.

"I wanted to see the world, and I did so two times over."

Q&A with Donald Brown, U.S. Air Force

What did you do for the military?
I was a Munitions Specialist/Weapons Safety Technician.

Why did you choose the branch of service that you did?
It was the first recruiting office as I walked into the recruiting center.

What was your favorite part of the job?
Training, leading, and managing people regardless of rank or position.

What was your most interesting/favorite deployment or duty station and why?
The Israeli Embassy, Tel Aviv, where I worked as a site surveyor/advisor. The job was great and took me to various locations throughout Israel and elsewhere.

What skills did you develop that you use now after your military career?
My ability to work with people and to effectively communicate and solve problems, which should always lead to better ways of doing things.

The regional home of Jefferson Lab, Hampton Roads, has a rich military history. Located in Southeastern Virginia, the region is currently home to more than 80,000 men and women in uniform, representing every branch of the armed forces. Throughout November 2019, Jefferson Lab is celebrating the region's military ties by highlighting some of our veteran employees who have served in the armed forces and who continue to serve their nation by supporting the research efforts carried out at the laboratory.


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