Giv­ing Him Wings

FAM­ILY CEL­E­BRATES OP­POR­TU­NITY TO AT­TEND AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS WEEK - By Mark Humphrey

SPRING­DALE — Ja­van Jowers, 2018 Farm­ing­ton grad­u­ate, cel­e­brated his ap­point­ment to the United States Air Force Academy, along with his fam­ily at a spe­cial send­off Satur­day.

The fam­ily and other ser­vice academy ap­pointees gath­ered for a re­cep­tion hosted by Con­gress­man Steve Wo­mack Satur­day at Har-Ber High School cafe­te­ria in Spring­dale. Wo­mack of­fered a prayer on be­half of each ap­pointee and fam­ily rep­re­sented.

“Father, we would be re­miss if we did not ac­knowl­edge the peo­ple that you have tapped on the shoul­der and fig­u­ra­tively have said, ‘We need you to serve,’” Wo­mack prayed. “We are taught in the scrip­ture in the Book of Isa­iah (Chap­ter 6, verse 8), you said, ‘Whom shall I send?’ These young men and women have said, ‘Here am I. Send me.’”

As­sum­ing the role of cap­tain for the Farm­ing­ton foot­ball team as a

senior helped Ja­van pre­pare for life in the Air Force.

“Be­ing the cap­tain I re­al­ized you have to be de­pen­dent and re­liant upon every­body around you,” Ja­van said. “Whether it’s a situation where I have to help those around me or I have to rely on them be­cause they know some­thing I don’t know, that same men­tal­ity will be use­ful this sum­mer and as I go through the academy be­cause there will be times when peo­ple around me need help from me. My room­mate needs help with some­thing and I can help them, but also have that same men­tal­ity where they can help me.”

Ja­van pre­pares him­self for give and take re­al­iz­ing there’s so many things go­ing on at the Air Force Academy.

“It’s just go­ing to be some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent than I’ve ever done be­fore,” Ja­van said. “Go­ing all the way to Colorado with peo­ple that I haven’t met from all walks of life and from all across the coun­try. I’m very ex­cited, and a lit­tle anx­ious. There’s just so many op­por­tu­ni­ties I’m very ex­cited to en­counter.”

Ja­van comes from a strong fam­ily nu­cleus, learn­ing to­gether with his par­ents about the Air Force Academy as he jour­neyed to­wards train­ing to be­come an of­fi­cer.

Ja­van’s father, Nathan Jowers, talked about the ex­pe­ri­ence with Ja­van leav­ing the house as his oldest child, so it’s the first time the fam­ily has gone through this tran­si­tion.

“You just want to hope that the things that they have learned at the house will help take them through what­ever chal­lenges they come against,” Nathan Jowers said. “I’m very proud of him for go­ing to the academy. It’s some­thing that none of our other fam­ily has ever done, so it’s all new to us.”

“They’ve been with me ev­ery step of the way,” Ja­van said. “My par­ents, they didn’t re­ally know about the (ser­vice) academies. So just know­ing as I’m learn­ing, they’re learn­ing, too.”

Ja­van holds spe­cial me­mories of Farm­ing­ton within his heart, try­ing to ac­knowl­edge all those within the com­mu­nity who have con­trib­uted to his up­bring­ing.

“It would be hard to name every­body, but I just re­al­ized at grad­u­a­tion, you see all those peo­ple in the stands, all the peo­ple on the floor with you, the school board, the prin­ci­pals, all the staff be­hind you, and it’s ev­ery lit­tle moment that you had,” Ja­van said. “You may not re­mem­ber it pre­cisely, but you just know that each moment and all those peo­ple around you, like when we threw our caps up in the air, I just looked around and saw every­body who was around to sup­port. And, whether I speak with them di­rectly, or whether they’re just there sup­port­ing me, I would just like thank the en­tire Farm­ing­ton com­mu­nity be­cause they’ve been just fan­tas­tic in al­low­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to get to where I am now.”

Ja­van’s ma­jor is still un­de­cided al­though he is lean­ing to­wards some type of en­gi­neer­ing, which he feels is great be­cause the Air Force Academy of­fers many dif­fer­ent types of en­gi­neer­ing in­clud­ing aere­o­nau­ti­cal.

‘There’s all dif­fer­ent types of things, so I’ll have my eyes wide open,” Ja­van said. “Once I get there and start tak­ing classes, see what I click with and then from there kind of nar­row it on down what it is I want to ma­jor in.”

Nathan Jowers wants Ja­van to just fol­low his heart.

“He’s got a great, car­ing spirit,” Nathan Jowers said. “Do ev­ery­thing to the best of his abil­i­ties. When he does have strug­gles, lean on his faith. Lean on the love of his fam­ily, and to work through and per­se­vere through any tri­als that he’s go­ing to come against.”

“Be­ing the cap­tain I re­al­ized you have to be de­pen­dent and re­liant upon every­body around you. Whether it’s a situation where I have to help those around me or I have to rely on them be­cause they know some­thing I don’t know, that same men­tal­ity will be use­ful this sum­mer and as I go through the academy be­cause there will be times when peo­ple around me need help from me.”

Ja­van Jowers

Farm­ing­ton Grad­u­ate, U.S. Air Force Academy Ap­pointee

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Jowers (left), a 2018 Farm­ing­ton grad­u­ate, poses with his fam­ily, Nathan Jowers, dad; Pam Jowers, mother; and brothers, Jax­ton, Jared and Josh, dur­ing a send-off for ser­vice academy ap­pointees hosted by Con­gress­man Steve Wo­mack, of Rogers, on Satur­day at Har-Ber High School in Spring­dale. Ja­van will at­tend the U.S. Air Force Academy, at Colorado Springs, Colo.

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