Getting to Know MGJW Fellow — Brandon Stalding

Tell us about the motivation behind joining the Army?
My family has a long heritage of military service so that was one driving factor. The other factor was that I had just finished my Associates Degree at Lower Columbia Community College and I wasn’t sure where to transfer to or how I would pay for tuition. I found the Army provided me with direction and they provided me a means to pay for college when I completed my enlistment contract.

What has surprised you most about serving in the Army?
All the different people I have had the opportunity to meet and I think it forces you to push yourself beyond what you thought you could achieve, whether its physical, emotional, or even academically. Another thing that surprises me is how I can take a lot of lessons learned in the Army and apply them to the civilian world.

How difficult was it to decide that you had to do an MBA?
I had always wanted to earn a Master’s Degree; I just wasn’t sure in what. When the Army said they had this special partnership with the College of William & Mary to earn a MBA, I thought that was the perfect opportunity and it gave me a degree that would be very valuable when I transition from the Army.

What do you wish other people knew about you that they don’t already know?
I am fairly low key and down to earth, but I know how to adapt my style to fit the situation.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Power to read minds, I think a lot of people hold back from truly expressing themselves and I would have a better idea of the type of person they are.

If we give you one million dollars how would you spend it?
I would pay off my house and all debt and then invest it for the future, especially

Mention some incidents when you laughed at yourself?
When I think I’ve misplaced something and I search everywhere only to find out it was in my hand the whole time.
If given a chance to travel into the past where would you go and why? The 1860s in Virginia, history was being made here in our backyards. The greatest generals in U.S. history had all converged in this area.

Tell us about your family
I have been married for over 16 years and have 3 children (Brandon Jr. 14, Katelyn 9, and Ian 6). We have lived in numerous states but we still call Washington State our home, although we can really see ourselves settling in this area.

Any message for your classmates?
As you go through life, make sure you get the most bang for your buck!

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