Return to Headlines

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





Browning and family



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 at VMI



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. 



Browing running in Cross 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.