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Meet Your Guard: Maj. Scott Brochu

| 158th Fighter Wing | March 30, 2018

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Name: Maj. Scott Brochu 
Military Specialty: Logistics Readiness Officer
Years of Service: 26
Unit: 158th Fighter Wing
Hometown: South Burlington, Vt
Current Town: Essex, Vt
High School: South Burlington High School 
College: Johnson State College

Q. Why did you join the Vermont National Guard? 
A. I joined the Air Guard in Feb of 1992 with the hopes of becoming a fighter pilot.

Q. What do you do in the Vermont National Guard? 
A. I am the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron Operations Officer. I supervise members who ship and receive aircraft parts, provide uniforms/gear, aircraft fuel as well as regular vehicle fuel. I also supervise the team who provides and maintains the vehicle’s we use to do our mission.

Q. What do you do for civilian work? 
A. I am a civilian technician at the Air Guard, so my job is the same during the week as it is on a drill weekend.

Q. What do you think is the greatest benefit of being in the Vermont National Guard? 
A. For me, one of the best benefits of being in the National Guard are the life experiences. I have had the privilege to travel to eight countries and just about every state in the United States, all by choice and not by being ordered. So getting to see the world is a great benefit to being in the National Guard for me.

Q. What is your most memorable military moment? 
A. I have several memorable moments in my National Guard career it’s hard to pick one. My first one was being sworn in to the Military by my father. My second would have to be the first time I launched and F-16 as a Crew Chief and my last would be getting my commission as an officer in the Air Force. 

Q. How long have you lived in Vermont? 
A. I have lived in Vermont all my life, 46 years. I have lived in Essex for the last 4 years.

Q. What is your favorite aspect of living in ESSEX? 
A. I own 67 acres of land in Essex. I love being so close to town, but yet have the feeling of living in the woods.

Q. What has surprised you about the Vermont National Guard? 
A. I grew up in this Air Guard family as my father was a pilot here, so nothing about the National Guard has surprised me. What has surprised me is how the public doesn’t really know about what we do and can offer. Articles like this are a great way for the public to learn a little bit about National Guard members and see we are just like you, going to work every day to earn a living and to be part of something that is greater than ourselves.

Q. What is your favorite part of serving in the Vermont National Guard? 
A. One of my favorite parts of serving in the Vermont National Guard is giving back to the State of Vermont and the United States. The Guard gives back to the state by being ready to help and support the Governor in times of natural disasters, crisis or whenever the Governor calls upon the Guard for help. Again being part of something that is bigger than myself.

Q. How many push-ups did you get on your last physical fitness test? 
A. I did 34 push-ups on my last PT test.