About Ray Durand

I entered the Air Force on the 30th of April 1975 (this was the day the last of the Americans evacuated the embassy in Vietnam). Little did I know then, that I would eventually work at two embassies during my time in the Air Force. My first assignment was at Misawa Air Base, Japan where I worked as a Morse Systems Operator, I subsequently had assignments at: Tyndall AFB, FL, Charleston AFB, SC, American Embassy Caracas, American Embassy Madrid and finally Beale AFB, CA where I was an acting First Sergeant for the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, which main mission is to train pilots how to fly the U-2 aircraft. This was the aircraft that spotted the missile buildup in Cuba back in 1962. I retired in April 2000 with 24 years of service as a Master Sergeant with one year break in service in 1980. After retiring from the Air Force I worked as a Senior Buyer for Danka Office Imaging in Clearwater FL. My next career move would involve working for a staffing company which was eventually acquired by another agency and that one was acquired by TrueBlue. I’ve been a recruiter now for 11 years and work under the Recruiting Support Team for PeopleReady where I support 120 branches in the southeastern part of the US.