Southwest Virginia man becomes one of region’s first to join US Space Force


GLADE SPRING, Va. (WJHL) – Recruiters say a man from southwest Virginia is one of the first in our region to join the United States Space Force.

CBS affiliate WJHL reports that 20-year-old Donavon Boardwine graduated from Patrick Henry High School. He said he had always loved technology and was thrilled to be a part of something so new.

“I’m very nervous about this, but I’m excited,” Boardwine said. “My father was the first to join the Air Force for my family, and I wanted to carry that legacy, but I thought to myself that to launch into something new and to be in the military the will always wear. “

The first time Boardwine heard of the Space Force, it was in a work of fiction.

“Every time I’ve seen Steve Carrell’s face on Netflix about the Space Force show, it’s the only time,” Boardwine said. “I think it was like a week later I went to the recruiter and talked about it. This is the first time I have heard of it. “

But quickly, the new branch of the armed forces became a reality for him.

Mikayla Boardwine, Donavon’s wife, said she wanted this experience to leave an impression on their daughter, so she would know what she can accomplish and do.

“We really can’t express how proud and excited we are for him,” said Mikayla Boardwine. “Have this opportunity to be able to become whatever she wants, whether it’s an astronaut, a marine biologist or a doctor, whatever she wants to do.”

Donavon Boardwine said he hopes to work in tech, monitoring satellites and drones. He’s not sure exactly what his job will involve, it’s half the fun.

“I don’t believe in aliens,” Boardwine said. “But, I have to say it would be pretty cool if there was any there, that would be great.”

Boardwine said he plans to embark on his new adventure around December.


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