Meet Kendeldrick Broaden.
Year and major: Freshman/Sociology
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Branch/Rank: U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman/E4
Service: 4 years of service, one enlistment, GPS Satellite Engineer/Evaluator
Tell us about your service experience. GPS usually receives threats from enemies attempting to degrade or destroy our mission. Particularly when working crew, we faced an unknown electromagnetic interference event. I was able to diagnose the issue as it happened and save our satellite from potential mission failure, saving the satellite vehicle from complete damage.
Any favorite subjects and classes? I really enjoy the focus on numerous discussion topics, such as slavery, black history, childhood and historical facts and issues.
Tell us about JU’s role in your transition to civilian life. The admissions office has helped me in picking classes and majors, and aiding me in being completely prepared to start school before I got here.
What sets JU apart? I like that we have a Veterans Affairs program, and I will be attending our first meeting.
What might surprise others about you? I helped launch four satellites into orbit, super-sync one satellite and decommission two others. I also evaluated about 15 peers, about all of the crew force, and was “coined” — received a special coin for exemplary service — for my expertise.
Meet the other students we’re recognizing during the Month of Heroes, learn more about our military students and alumni here on Wave Magazine, or visit the Veterans and Military Resource Center online to learn how JU serves those who’ve served.