Brandon DeFord is a helicopter maintenance technician and 10 year U.S. Marine Corps veteran. His brother, Dustin DeFord was one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots that lost their lives on June 30, 2013.
Brandon was a UH-1 helicopter Crew Chief, Crew Resource Management Instructor, and Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor in Yuma AZ. His duties included writing Training and Readiness manuals, Tactics manuals, teaching Operational Risk Management procedures, and writing curriculum for Weapons, Tactics and Safety. Brandon also served as the staff noncommissioned officer in the Department of Safety and Standardization while deployed to Afghanistan.
He is currently employed with Erickson Inc. where he is a field maintenance technician on the S-64 Skycrane with contracts through the USFS and CalFire.