JBLM campus honors two with Service Member Scholar designations
Two students at Brandman University’s campuses at Joint Base Lewis–McChord are being recognized for their achievements, both in the military and in the classroom. The students honored for the 2016 Service Member Scholar award are Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alicia Britton-Vasquez and Air Force Maj. Tyrone Clark.
“Alicia and Tyrone are being recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and their remarkable ability to balance serving our country, honoring their family commitments, all while meeting the demands of higher education,” said Lorine Hill, Brandman’s campus director at JBLM. “We are honored they chose Brandman University and are proud to call them our students.”
Britton-Vasquez joined the Army 13 years ago after graduating from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Washington. During her Army career working in human resources, she’s served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado, Washington D.C., and is now close to home at JBLM.
“I’ve served in human resources the entire time,” said Britton-Vasquez. “My role is taking care of soldiers and their families, making sure they get paid, get their awards, and solve any issues that come up for them.”
Britton-Vasquez is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in organizational leadership at Brandman, and hopes to complete her courses next fall. When she learned that she’d been nominated for the Service Member Scholar award, she said she was “surprised and excited” and “glad to be recognized” for her hard work.
“It’s giving me a second wind when it comes to balancing family, job and studies,” said Britton-Vasquez, who is also the mother to two children ages 6 and 7. “I plan on using this award to help inspire other soldiers. When life comes flying at you, it’s nice to see something positive come from it for your efforts.”
Brandman’s second honoree for the Service Member Scholar award is U.S. Air Force Maj. Tyrone Clark. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where he joined the Air Force in 1992. He’s been stationed around the world in 35 different countries, including Germany, Italy and Japan.
Clark is currently an operations officer with the 10th Civil Support Team, Weapons of Mass Destruction. His team helps law enforcement identify, assess and respond to biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives. “I enjoy the relationships and working with local law enforcement,” said Clark.
Clark is pursuing his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy (MFT) at Brandman University, planning for a second career after serving in the military. “My biggest aspiration is to help people,” said Clark. “Strengthening the family foundation helps people go on to achieve their goals, and if I can give people hope that there’s a better future, I want to do that.”
He expects to complete his degree in fall 2017 and will then pursue the requirements to gain his Marriage and Family Therapy license. The Service Member Scholar Award comes as a “complete and total surprise” to Clark. “This is proof that hard work and a 4.0 grade-point average pay off.”
Britton-Vasquez received her award Nov. 16 at Joint Base Lewis McChord’s Stone Education Center. Clark was on assignment and unable to attend the ceremony.
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