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Here are a few of our current undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who have served or continue to serve in the United States military.
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Nathan Lovejoy '16.5
United States Army
Intended Concentration: Archaeology
Nathan grew up in Plainville, Massachusetts and graduated from King Philip Regional High School in 2005. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2013.
After completing One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky to be a Cavalry Scout, Nathan was stationed at Fort Drum, New York. He was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2006-2007, 2009-2010, and 2011-2012. Nathan ended his time at Fort Drum as the Senior Scout of a Reconaissance Platoon.
Nathan chose Brown University for it's extensive Archaeology program and the multitude of opportunities that it offers. He is currently involved with the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs as Student Coordinator. He also works with Computer & Information Services as a PASS Program Coordinator.
Nathan plans to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities available at Brown during both a semster and summer breaks. He also plans to apply to graduate school after completion at Brown.
Christopher M. Baker '09 GS '10 '16
United States Navy
Biotechnology Ph.D. Program
Christopher grew up in Warwick, RI and graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in 1999. While in high school, he enlisted at the age of 17 and upon graduation entered into the U.S. Navy with time in service ranging from 1999-2005.
Upon completion of Navy Nuclear Power Program, Christopher was stationed aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 as a reactor operator in IKE’s Reactor Controls Division. During his time onboard, IKE underwent refueling complex overhaul from 2001-2005. Chris ended his time in the Navy as a qualified reactor operator and member of IKE’s Naval Reactors Operational Readiness Safeguards Exam drill team.
Chris cites Brown University’s Resumed Undergraduate Education program as his main reason for choosing Brown after graduating from the Community College of Rhode Island in 2007. He believes that the RUE program gave him unprecedented opportunity to enter the traditional Ivy League culture with such a non-traditional background. He believes Brown’s collaborative research with the VA to assist disabled war veterans exemplifies the type of work he wishes to pursue. Upon receiving his Sc.B. in Biology in 2009, he remained for a 5th year to obtain his Sc.M. in the Artificial Organs, Biomaterials and Cellular Technologies program. Chris is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the new Biotechnology program and intends to graduate in 2016.
On campus, Chris along with three other veterans founded what is today known as the Brown University Student Veterans Society in 2008 with the hope that it would lead to an increased veteran presence on campus along with greater understanding of veteran’s issues and life experiences. His ultimate goal was to propagate a constructive dialogue between traditional Brown students and Brown student veterans. Off campus, Chris is an active Assistant Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout Troop, he enjoys hiking and camping as well as cooking indoors and out.
Will Mangham MD '16
United States Marines Corps
Will Mangham is a native of Mobile, Alabama. He is a member of the MD Class of 2016 at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Will completed his undergraduate studies at the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 2004 with a degree in English. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and attended training at The Basic School and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course.
Will’s first assignment was as an Artillery Forward Observer with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, with whom he deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. There, he served in Operation Mountain Lion and helped to establish the first permanent outpost in Kunar Province’s Korengal Valley. After returning from Afghanistan, Will was again assigned to 1st Battalion, 3d Marines and served as the Weapons Company Executive Officer. He planned and implemented the company’s pre-deployment training program and was the chief of operations for the 150-Marine infantry company during a seven-month deployment to the Haditha area in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province. During this deployment, Weapons Company played an essential role in the “surge” effort to stabilize Anbar Province in 2007. Upon returning from Iraq in late 2007, Will took command of Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. He commanded the unit consisting of 250 Marines and Sailors in diverse combat and support roles (including medical personnel, military working dog teams, and convoy escort personnel) during a deployment to Al Anbar Province in 2008-2009.
Will is proud of his background as a veteran, and feels his classmates and instructors value the unique perspective this allows him to bring to the classroom and the hospital wards. He is thrilled to be a medical student at Brown with access to a rich array of clinical experiences, superb mentors, and research opportunities. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon.