WICHITA FALLS, TX - This week Newschannel 6 is honoring a man who has served our country for nearly eight years, as a member of the U.S. Navy.
We spoke to family and friends of Petty Officer, Second Class, Joshua Bradley.
As they join us in saluting him for his service.
"He made up his mind a long time ago. He said what he wanted to do and he did it," said Jazmyn Bradley, Joshua's sister.
"He just stuck with it. This was always something that he wanted to do. It's his dream, and he made it happen and he's done really well for himself," she said.
She showed off an 8th grade writing assignment that shows Petty Officer Bradley's ambitions to serve our country at a young age.
That 8th grade assignment followed Joshua to high school where he joined the Junior ROTC program, and after graduating from Hirschi High School in May of 2008, Joshua joined the United States Navy that September.
"I felt scared of course as all parents will. Because of the war and just things that are going on in the world, but I felt proud that he wanted to serve our country and help keep us protected," said Sharon Vinson, Joshua's mother.
"I was so proud. I was so proud of him and his decision and he's done so well."
Former PAL coordinator, Renee Collier, met Josh as a freshman student council member and said he was always one who wanted to do things for others.
"They are sacrificing a lot. Their families are sacrificing... By going into the military he is serving his country and expanding his horizons, and I'm so proud of his success," Collier said.
Josh's mother Sharon has been especially proud of the ceremonies her son has been a part of for the families who's loved ones did not come home alive.
"...he did many many many funerals so that makes you thankful for life," Vinson said.
Second Class Petty Officer Bradley is serving aboard the USS Pickney in San Diego, and although he's more than 1,300 miles away, his family is grateful for the decisions he's made. If there was something his sister Jazmyn would say to him about making the decision he did, she is proud.
"You did the right thing and I love your for it and you keep going on and doing what you're doing because you're making us proud. Everybody."
Second Class Petty Officer Bradley, Newschannel 6 salutes you.