Loving Her Alma Mater and Country

Breyon Brown Thomas ’16 always knew she wanted to join the military. Growing up in a family that had multiple members in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, Thomas decided to join the U.S. Army in the spring of 2019. She said, “It was something I always wanted to do, and I was afraid of getting too old to be able to join. I wanted to enlist as a linguist, but when the recruiters discovered I had a bachelor’s degree, they suggested I go the officer route.”

Thomas, originally from Warwick, R.I., spent summers in New Hampshire and was drawn to the state to attend college. She chose Colby-Sawyer for both the graphic design program and Mountain Day. Thomas immediately fell in love with the college. She said, “I really enjoyed how small the school was and how integrated the graphic design classes were at the school.”

Thomas did not just fall in love with the school, but also with her future husband, Ken Thomas. Starting to date in the fall of her sophomore year, the two quickly became inseparable and were married at Mount Sunapee three years later. Thomas said, “My husband and I both enjoy hiking, and Mount Sunapee was the first place we hiked together, so it was fitting that we got married there.”

Thomas is currently a second lieutenant stationed in Fort Riley, Kan. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, photography, travelling, cooking, and filming and editing movies. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in either marketing or business and continue with graphic design in the future.

When asked what the most rewarding part of serving in the army is for her, Thomas replied, “Being able to make a difference. I’ve always wanted to do something in which I can help people. I also enjoy being able to travel and see the world.”

Thank you, and your husband, for your service, Lieutenant Thomas!