Staff Sgt. Brandon E. Gilbert, a 2002 Eastmont High School graduate, is serving as a senior drill sergeant at Fort Benning, Ga. He is an 11-year veteran of the U.S. Army as a combat medic. Sgt. Gilbert is the son of Don and Cheryl Gilbert of Deer Park and formerly of East Wenatchee, and the grandson of Ken and Delta Wood of East Wenatchee.
He graduated with honors from American Military University with a bachelor’s degree in emergency and disaster management and is working on his thesis to earn a masters of public administration degree. Following retirement from the Army, Gilbert hopes to serve the public as an administrator with the U.S. Department of Education or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.