James Bond of Browndale has been accepted into West Point, one of about 1000 cadets accepted into the program annually.


James Bond of Browndale has been accepted into West Point, one of about 1000 cadets accepted into the program annually.


The 18-year-old Forest City graduate leaves for the elite Military Academy June 30th where he’ll undergo rigorous training. “They call it beast barracks,” the friendly teen says of the seven weeks of regular Army basic training that awaits.


“When I graduate, I’ll be a Second Lieutenant,” he says. Then he’ll serve five years of active duty. “My ultimate goal is to serve career. My goal right now is Infantry and to go into Ranger School after I finish infantry,” he said.


James says he started thinking about the United States Military Academy last year. “I believed it was the best fill for all the talents and abilities that God gave me. I love sciences and math. I do well in them. I love to be physically fit. I love to work hard and lay it all on the line,” he said.


His daily routine includes a morning run and devotions. He talks openly about his faith in God. “He’s taught me so much, with everything that I’ve been going through with my dad,” he said. His dad, Pastor Jim Bond, Assistant Pastor at Canaan Bible Chapel, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) last year. Through it all, the tight knit family is keeping their eyes and faith trained on God.


Along with daily devotions, James also worships God through song. “I write praise songs. I put my prayers to music,” he says. He loves to play guitar.


He’s also very interested in sports: basketball and soccer. “And I love to play with my little brother,” he says of four-year-old Isaac. The two enjoy a challenging game of Nerf guns, water guns, playing with army men and lets not leave out wrestling. Isaac says that’s the “funnest.”


James is the son of Pastor Jim and Merrily Bond of Browndale.