Performance Excellence Solutions Manager
Randy “Durk” Duhrkopf was born in Pensacola, FL and is the son of a career Naval Aviator. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a degree in General Engineering. Following graduation Durk reported to NAS Pensacola for Naval Flight Officer training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1982.
After selecting A-6E “Intruders” he joined the VA-128 “Golden Intruders” at NAS Whidbey Island, WA. and was designated a Bombardier/Navigator in July 1983. Durk’s flying assignments included two tours with VA-115 “Eagles” in Atsugi, Japan flying off the USS Midway, VA-128 as a flight instructor, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels” as no. 8 the events coordinator, VA-165 “Boomers” flying off the USS Nimitz, and following transition to the EA-6B “Prowler” he assumed command of the VAQ-131 “Lancers” aboard the USS Constellation.
Durk’s shore assignments included the Naval War College, in Newport, R.I., where he received a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, US Strategic Command in Bellevue, NE, Allied Forces Southern Europe Command in Naples, Italy, Command of the US Defense Attaché Office in London, UK, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., as an Associate Professor for Behavioral Science instructing in the Leadership and Information Strategy department.
During his Naval career CAPT Duhrkopf logged over 4300 flight hours and 1050 arrested landings to include the rare distinction of earning a Centurion patch on the USS Lexington. Durk retired after 27 years of service.
Following retirement Durk joined Rollout Systems in 2009 as a member of the EA-18G “Growler” Fleet Project Team serving as the lead for simulator requirements. He joined Check-6 in February 2013.