Space Force Major now uses lessons he learned at Baylor as an Air Force instructor
Since graduating from Baylor in 2009, Jamil Brown (BA ’09) has already worn a lot of hats: U.S. Space Force Major, political science instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, fellow at the Institute for Future Conflict, space operations officer, Air Force Weapons School instructor, and more.
At the Air Force Academy, Brown teaches international relations, space policy and national security classes, preparing future military leaders and policy thinkers. But in each class, he applies something that he learned as a student at Baylor.
“One of the things I highlight to all my students on the first day of class is that being overwhelmed is normal, but communicate that you’re overwhelmed and we can have a conversation and figure things out,” Brown says. “That approach 100 percent came from Baylor.”
If you’re still not quite clear on what the U.S. Space Force is and does, you’re not alone. Brown sees a need to educate both Air Force Academy students and the general public on the necessity of the Space Force. His space policy class, for instance, aims to explain the importance of space while accepting that the answer may not be readily available.
“A part of our responsibility at this place in time is to define what space is supposed to look like, which then plays into some of the other things I do,” Brown says. “I spend a lot of time out in the community talking about space. Throughout all of those conversations, I’m reminding folks that space warfare isn’t blatantly two objects hitting each other.”
The son of Air Force parents, Brown was born in Florida but also lived in Alaska and Germany before attending high school in Texas. He enrolled at Baylor as a pre-med chemistry major, but changed course after taking an economics class on a whim during his second semester. He also lived in Baylor’s Leadership Living Learning Center as a freshman.
“What initially drove me to attend Baylor was the idea of getting to work with different people from different backgrounds in a servant-leadership capacity,” he says. “There was a very personal connection at Baylor. I can still name every single professor I had at Baylor. Through the way they taught their classes, they modeled what leadership should look like, especially in the military.”
Now, a generation of Air Force students are learning what leadership means from this Baylor grad.
Sic ’em, Space Force Maj. Brown!