Welcome back, David Hillyer
Soldier returns from duty for career with WM
El Sobrante, Calif. – When Operations Manager David Hillyer was first deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army, Director
of Disposal Operations Damon De Frates assured that he’d always have a home at Waste Management. Ten years
(and several deployments) later, Hillyer is back working for WM at the company’s El Sobrante Landfill in California.
The journey began in 2003 and 2004, when Hillyer left WM to take part in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he helped
direct hauling operations for tanks. Following that, he returned to the company for two years. In 2007, the Army called
his name again. After another two-year deployment, he returned to work for four months until he was asked again to
resume service with the Army, this time until 2013.
Now, after 26 years of military service, Hillyer is officially retired from active duty. Today, he’s a fulltime operations
manager for El Sobrante Landfill, where he uses any of the skills he focused on during his time in the military career
to build a team and manage complex projects.
“Waste Management took care of my family,” Hillyer said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”