JHS Alumna Graduates VMI, Accepts Commission with U.S. Navy
Former JISD student Rebecca Browning stands just 4’ 10” with
her shoes on, but don’t judge her base upon that diminutive
Miss Browning graduated from VMI this past Friday, May 15th.
She accepted a commission with the United States Navy and
took her oath surrounded by friends and family. It was a great
honor for her former JROTC Instructors to be a part of the
ceremony. LtCol Jim Davidson administered the Oath of Office
and Master Chief Charlie Linville rendered the first salute.
Browning was a stand-out student and athlete at JISD, where
she participated in Basketball and Cross Country. She was also
an officer in the JROTC, a member of Student Council and the
National Honor Society. After graduating from JHS in 2016 in
the Top 5% of her class, she accepted a Navy ROTC
scholarship to attend Virginia Military Institute. VMI has
arguably the most trying military curriculum in the country.
“We knew Browning was special the day she showed up her
Freshman year," said Davidson. "She had bright-eyes and a
feisty personality. Now, after eight years, she came back to
say her Oath of Office. Browning loves a challenge and is
simply willing to work harder than everyone else. She is the
personification of grit and determination, even running
triathlons while attending VMI. She will go all the way."
Ensign Browning will now advance to a series of schools to
prepare her to become a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), then
move to her permanent duty station aboard the USS
Chancellorsville in Japan.
Rebecca Browning and her sister, Sarah, were adopted out of
Hong Kong into the loving home of Tom and Beth Browning.