Brandon Dobbs, a budget analyst in the Resource Management Office who serves as the lead Defense Travel Agent and Agency Program Coordinator was selected as the USAISR 2016 Civilian of the Year. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
11 MAY 2016
“He is the epitome of a quiet professional. He is confident, yet humble, and calm under pressure. He understands the importance of travel to the Institute’s mission and to research.” That’s how Maj. Kristi Morris, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Chief Financial Officer described Brandon Dobbs the 2016 USAISR Civilian of the Year. Dobbs is a budget analyst in the Resource Management Office and serves as the lead Defense Travel Agent and Agency Program Coordinator.
“I believe that I was selected because of my work ethic, patience and confidence that I have in my meticulous efforts to complete the daily mission,” said Dobbs. “I assist with expertise and customer service towards temporary duty assignments for the Soldiers and civilians at the USAISR.”
Shortly after taking on his new job, Dobbs was nominated and selected as Resource Directorate Civilian of the Quarter, putting him in the running for civilian of the year against the other quarterly honorees.
“I am extremely humbled for being selected as the civilian of the year and will not take this award for granted,” he said.
“The fact that he could make such an impact in a short time is a testament to his work ethic, character and the opportunities here at the ISR,” said Morris. “He was selected as Civilian of the Year after only working here for a year—that is a tremendous feat!”
Dobbs said that the best thing that he likes about his job is the customer service because it allows him to interact with the staff at the Institute and other Department of Defense personnel throughout the world.
“I also enjoy working with my Resource Management team,” he said.
Short- and long-term goals that Dobbs is working on include completing the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training and earning a Financial Management Certification to eventually become a budget officer/comptroller. He also said that he doesn’t have to look too far for daily inspiration.
“My wife and two children are my motivation,” Dobbs said.
When asked what advice he has for someone who would like to be selected for this honor he simply stated: “I honestly do not have any advice to give. I’m just more thankful for the leadership that I have that recognizes my work and dedication.”
Morris added that Dobbs deserves this award because he has transformed the travel process by developing new methods of tracking staff travels and conferences as well as travel card use issues.
“He is responsible for many other improvements as well,” said Morris. “Keep an eye on this guy, he is going places!”