Amburgey said Powell is a focused, determined person. He supports other students and shows up for his friends, she said.
“He’s just a nice kid who’s very intelligent,” she said.
Powell’s older brother, Jordan Brewer, is also in the U.S. Army, he said, and a friend of Powell’s also joined the Army who graduated a year ahead of him. That helped, too, Powell said.
“It was the only branch I could see myself in, the Army,” Powell said.
Powell went to South Carolina for training over the summer. He said it was hot and he had to wear a mask the whole time, but, “there weren’t too many bad things about it.”
Powell is now training in Kettering with the National Guard once a month and going to school the rest of the time.
Ladd said she worried about her son while he was in South Carolina, and she was disappointed she and her family weren’t able to go see him graduate. But she said there was a celebration of sorts for the enlisted coming back at the Dayton International Airport, with families cheering and welcoming their children back.
Ladd said she thinks her son made a good decision. She said she talked to Powell about why he wanted to do it, and felt good about his choices.
"I was happy he made that choice himself,” Ladd said. “He made a good choice for his future.”