Caleb Michael Brady, who grew up in Farmington and now resides in Dandridge, Tennessee, was recently notified by the United States Air Force Academy that he has been accepted into the class of 2022.
Brady will begin his cadet Basic Training in late June of this summer and then join the entire cadre of the Air Force Academy in August with his summer classmates and the other 3,000 upper classmen for their upcoming academic year.
The five National Service Academies - Annapolis, West Point, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy - matriculate approximately 4,000 new freshman each year from the tens of thousands of qualified applicants from across America and its territories.
Each student who is granted the opportunity to attend the four-year academy is required to meet a very high criteria of academic and athletic proficiency, significant community involvement, and possess outstanding leadership qualities. Each finalist is subjected to numerous military interviews by the Academies and the Congressional and Senatorial boards from their regions.
The rewards of attending and graduating from a service academy are the privileges of obtaining an Ivy League education equivalency without any personal debt, plus a guaranteed job as they receive a commission as a second lieutenant into one of the major branches of the United States Armed Forces along with a minimum five-year service obligation.
Each cadet or midshipman also receives a monthly stipend in addition to their room, board, and tuition being supplied to them at no cost.
Brady is a senior at Greeneville High School where he has led in the JROTC program and recently was the squadron commander. He has earned numerous awards in JROTC including the Kitty Hawk Air Force Honors Society Award, and the Community Service with Excellence National Award, among many other honors. He has been very active in the “Wreaths across America” program.
He has been the Color Guard commander and a member of the Honor Guard, Drill Team, and Canon Crew. He has also been the Plans and Programs officer in JROTC. He has been an active member of the Cyber Patriot program, and the Drone crew of his high school.
Brady carries a GPA of around 4.0, and he has earned numerous Academic Awards for Highest Class Average. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America before he was 15 years old while he lived in Farmington. The example and encouragement of Les Huston, Ken Kelley and Les Huston ll and his other Scout leaders were instrumental in Caleb achieving his Eagle Scout rank. Caleb also aided other Scout programs in Tennessee after his national certification and ceremony.
He has also been very involved in the youth ministries of the churches his father has served. His father, Jeff Brady, founded the Blessed Hope Baptist Church of Farmington. Caleb has served several weeks in Uganda, Africa and Nicaragua, Central America in humanitarian and evangelistic endeavors as part of the missions teams of Fairview Baptist Church of Mohawk, Tennessee.
Brady is from a strong military oriented family. His father was born overseas on a U.S. Air Force Base in Hahn, Germany. His paternal grandmother and grandfather both served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He is the 8th born among nine children. Two of his siblings went to West Point, and his oldest brother is a Green Beret captain in the Army Special Forces. His oldest sister served an internship as a Navy JAG prior to becoming a Fifth Circuit’s Judge’s clerk. His third oldest sister’s husband is soon to become a Marine JAG. His next oldest brother graduates in May from Mizzou and commissions as a second lieutenant prior to his flight school training as a Marine aviator. His grandfather served 24 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot and instructor prior to his retirement as a lieutenant colonel.
Brady plans to pursue a degree in Cyber Security at the Air Force Academy which he, in turn, will use to serve his country’s defense.