Warwick Native Construction Electrician Second Class (CE2) Mark Durand has earned national recognition, being named Navy Recruiting Command’s 2013 Naval Special Warfare/Special Operations Recruiter of the Year.
Durand, who is the son of Roger and Sharon Durand of Warwick, has been working with the Navy Recruiting District New England for two and a half of his seven-year Navy career. To be selected as Recruiter of the Year, Durand went through a competitive selection board process and was one of 26 nominees from across the country.
According to a press release from the Recruiting District, awardees are “recognized for outstanding performance in their recruiting duties, which directly contributes to the Navy’s fleet readiness and capability.” The same release says it was Durand’s motivation, dedication and attention to detail, among other qualities, that earned him this national recognition.
Personally, Durand believes his fleet experience with Navy Construction Battalion (Seabees) prepared him for the challenges of recruiting.
“Being in the Seabee community has helped me... We are disciplined and mission focused, our motto is ‘Can Do,’ and that is the type of attitude you need in recruiting,” said Durand. “Trust in your Sailors and commit to working hard each and every day and success will follow.”
According to Durand, being recognized on a national scale is a testament to the support of his family, especially his wife Debbie and father Roger. He also attributes the team at Recruiting District New England for their support.
“I am honored to go to work and do my job day in and day out,” said Durand. “I have a great team of Sailors I work with every day that help cushion the blow by working together to achieve our mission.”
Referred to as a motivated and dedicated Sailor, husband and mentor, Durand says the best part of being a recruiter is the impact he can make on young Sailors. “The best thing about recruiting is that I get to change the lives of young men and women for the better. It is a privilege to make a positive impact on their lives,” said Durand.
This year, Durand will be returning to the fleet to continue his career with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One in Gulfport, Miss. But first, he will be honored at the Annual Recruiter of the Year awards ceremony, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 26 to 31 in Washington D.C.
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