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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

 

stature. 

 

 

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.