Heroes of Texoma: TSgt. Bryant Draper

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - This week's Hero of Texoma is a man who grew up across the country thanks to his parent's service to our country.

Tech Sergeant Bryant Draper did not immediately follow in his parents' footsteps.

After finishing high school he went to college in Virginia. But after three semesters he decided it was time for a change.

"(The) fact that I can travel and get a free education were like great selling points for me to just do something different and join the military," Draper said.

On March 4th, 2008 he signed his name on the dotted line for the U.S. Air Force.

TSgt. Draper has been to several countries like Japan, England, Kuwait, France and Spain, to name a few.

"I think I've probably been to more countries than I've been to the states," TSgt. Draper said.

He has been at Sheppard Air Force Base for almost two years. But his heart is across the pond.

"I really want to get back overseas. That's my goal as far as my next duty location. I really want to get back to either Japan or England. Those are the two duty locations I can go to with my job," TSgt. Draper said.

Weeks after celebrating his eight year anniversary with the air force he is humbled to be called a hero.

"I think it's an honor and a privilege to be recognized as (one of) the Heroes of Texoma, to acknowledge the sacrifices that many military members have made," TSgt. Draper said.

He wants to retire as a Chief Master Sergeant. Before he goes to his next duty station TSgt. Draper wants to finish his bachelor's degree and make his next rank of Master Sergeant.

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Be sure to include your contact information and any photos you may have. We will get in touch with you for further opportunities. Help us shine a light on those who serve our country.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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