By J. Bryan Wasson
I am a U.S. Air Veteran and a retired U.S. Army Major. My grandson, Brandon Wasson, had a lifelong dream of a military career. In preparation for that career, he was a member of the Air Force Junior ROTC.
He received an Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD on the recommendation of Congressman Mac Thornberry. Brandon graduated from Chico High School in 2003. His dreams of a military career were shattered, however when he did not pass the military physical examination required before entrance into any one of the U.S. military academies.
His personal physician disagreed with the results of the military physical and felt if there was in fact anything physically wrong that it was only a temporary condition. The door to the U.S. Naval Academy however was closed.
Brandon pushed his military plans to the back burner and obtained an Electrician and a Refrigeration license and worked in the heating and air conditioning business. The military career was never out of his mind, however.
In 2010, he decided to try again to enter the military. This time, he chose the U.S. Army. Another military physical proved that his personal physician was probably correct. He was accepted by the U.S. Army.
Based upon his previous ROTC training and his entrance examination scores, he was given his choice of career fields. He chose the Combat Engineer career field. He wanted to build things and felt that his electrical as well as heating and air conditioning training and experience would be of most value. He wanted to obtain additional education and training in the engineering career field.
August 9, 2010, a long delayed entry into the Armed Forces of the United States became a reality when I administered the Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Army for my grandson, Brandon Wasson at the Military Entrance and Processing Station, Dallas, Texas.
It makes an old soldier and grandfather very proud to have the honor of administering the Oath of Enlistment to his grandson.”
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