Military Student Advocates (MSA)

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Bryce Haupt

Bryce was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  He graduated from Ola High School in 2009, where he participated in wrestling and cross country.  Bryce joined the military right after high school where he served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years as a Force Reconnaissance Marine at 3rd Recon Battalion in Okinawa, Japan.  He joined the Marines right after high school citing that, he wanted to gain some maturity, he knew that an opportunity for further education would become available that wasn’t previously there, and he wanted to serve and defend his country.  Through the Marines he gained all he expected, however he gained a lot of leadership, communication, and observation skills also.

Since his service experiences he has been able to take those skills to the civilian world and hone and utilize them in many different opportunities; whether leading fellow students in a classroom or working with colleagues to complete a mission with results exceeding expectations.  After the Marines he took the educational opportunities offered and is now attending Georgia Southern University. Bryce is currently a Senior Exercise Science major and is Vice President of Georgia Southern’s Men’s Club Volleyball team.  He will graduating December, 2017 where he will then pursue a Physical Therapy degree.

 

Matthew Smith

Hunter was born and raised in Blairsville, Georgia. He graduated from Mountain Area Christian Academy in 2013 and enlisted in the U.S Army Reserves on April 15, 2013 as a 74D (CBRN Specialist).

After completing Basic Training and graduating from the Army Chemical School, he was assigned to the Mounted Reconnaissance Platoon of the 366th CBRN Co in Savannah Georgia. In March of 2014 Hunter was ordered to Fort Stewart with his Recon Platoon to field and train on the Stryker NBCRV reconnaissance vehicle; the 366th being the first Army Reserve unit to receive the vehicle. Hunter enrolled at Georgia Southern in the fall of 2014 as a Middle Grades Education Major, but in March of 2015 his Reserve unit was called up in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his tour Hunter and the 366th CBRN Co advised and assisted local as well as coalition troops all over the Middle East including, Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Hunter’s military awards and achievements include the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.

After returning from deployment Hunter resumed his college career at Georgia Southern in the fall of 2016 and is currently a Junior Middle Grades Education major who plans to graduate in the spring of 2019.

 

Woo Jung

Woo (Kyle) Jung was born in South Korea but moved to Glenview, Illinois when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Glenbrook South High School in 2011 and attended Oakton Community College until 2012 before enlisting in the Army as a Water Treatment Specialist. After completion of his training, Woo was assigned to 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Casey, South Korea. After completion of his 1-year assignment, he received his orders to be assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in Hunter Army Airfield. During his time at Hunter Army Airfield, he served as a member in a squad of “Water Dawgs” and the unit armorer.

His awards include the Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), and Army Good Conduct Medal.

In 2016, Woo was awarded Green to Gold Division Commander’s Hip Pocket ROTC Scholarship where he now attends Georgia Southern University to pursue his degree in Computer Science. He will earn his degree and commission as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2020.

 

Brenden Besaw

Brenden was born in Atlanta, Georgia with family in Colorado and North Carolina. In August 2007, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Firefighter and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operator in multiple locations across the country. He served on active duty for over nine years, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Brenden began his military career as a Crash Rescue Firefighter with the 1st Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Then later attended the Army’s UAS school at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Upon standing up the first MQ-1C Grey Eagle unit within 3rd Infantry Division he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in theater he served as an Aircraft Operator, Payload Operator, Mission Commander, Aircraft Commander flying over a hundred combat missions accumulating hundreds of combat flight hours. With his wealth of knowledge, he moved onto training new UAS Operators within his unit for future missions.

Brenden’s military education includes Basic Leader Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Firefighter, UAS Operator, Unit Armorer Course, and Unmanned Aerial System Operator ERMP. He is currently studying to obtain a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a concentration on Cyber Security.

His awards and achievements include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and 2 Certificates of Achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Fox

Victoria was born in Columbus Georgia, and lived in both Macon and Effingham growing up. She graduated from South Effingham High in 2015 and enrolled at Georgia Southern in the fall of the same year. She would take a semester off the next year to complete basic training and AIT graduating with honors. She enlisted in the National Guard as a 13B (Cannon Crewmember) in April of 2016.

Victoria is a Sophomore Economics major, and also the first female Cannon Crewmember in her unit’s history. She currently drills out of 1/118 Field Artillery Battalion in Springfield Georgia. Her awards and honors includes the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Ribbon.

 

Last updated: 9/18/2017

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