Honoring our Veterans: Ismail Dzafic
We’re spending the next week recognizing and thanking some of the many veterans within our company. Today, we want to introduce Ismail Dzafic, Project Engineer, and Marine Corp Veteran.
How long were you in the Marine Corp, and where were you stationed?
I served in the Marines for four years, from 2013-2017, and spent time at Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms.
What was your MOS, and what did it entail?
I was a Heavy Equipment Engineer. As a Heavy Equipment Engineer I would operate a lot of the heavy equipment and assist in building forward operating bases. Part of our duties entailed building bases, taking them down, moving and allocating them, building fighting holes and we were responsible for transferring equipment like tanks and other heavy artillery.
What made you want to enlist in the Marines?
It was my sense of duty to my country. I was born a refugee of the Bosnian War in Germany, and the United States was one of the few countries that was willing to accept refugees from the Bosnian War. I was five or six when our visas expired and we moved. But as I grew older, my parents would explain things to me, and as I began to understand what happened, I wanted to give something back to the country that took us in and gave us these incredible opportunities.
Did you learn anything from your time in the military that can be applied to your day-to-day work?
Absolutely. Some of the greatest lessons I took with me to civilian life was a strong sense of discipline, time management, efficiency, and a never-ceasing work drive. These are the fundamentals that I apply to my life, and they’ve completely changed how I live.
What advice would you give to veterans who are interested in pursuing the trades?
I would say, “Go for it”. There is a deep sense of family and community within the trades, which is often something veterans look for when they return to civilian life. This was something I searched for before coming to Corbins. Not many places or industries are able to offer the sense of family and unity that I’ve been able to find at Corbins.