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North Paulding football star enters Marine Corps after graduation
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Brandon Townsend stands at the school last week before departing for Marines recruit training.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Brandon Townsend stands at the school last week before departing for Marines recruit training.
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As many 2014 high school graduates throughout Paulding County prepare for the next chapters of their lives, North Paulding High School alumnus Brandon Townsend chose what many consider an honorable path.

After graduating from North Paulding last Saturday, the former Wolfpack football player is continuing a “family tradition” and has committed to serve in the Marine Corps.

Townsend will report to Parris Island, S.C., next week to begin official recruit training.

He already has mapped out his desired path with the Marines.

“My Military Occupational Status is security forces so I will spend my first two years guarding nuclear sites,” he said.

“I’ll than transfer into infantry and eventually for reconnaissance or Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.”

Townsend’s path towards service began in June 2013 before his senior year at North Paulding when he enlisted. He began physically training once a month last summer with Corps’ officers based in Georgia, including his recruiters, in poolee functions. Townsend was considered a “poolee,” an individual who has enlisted into the Marine Corps but has not participated in recruit training.

Meanwhile, on the football field, he began acclimating to a new position on the gridiron.

“I played wide receiver during my sophomore and junior years but it wasn’t for me,” Townsend said. “I moved to defense for senior year and I loved it because I got to hit people and it was right in sync with what I wanted to do.” Townsend helped lead North Paulding to its most successful campaign in history, winning a school-record 11 contests and bringing home the seven-year-old program’s first region championship.

In the Wolfpack’s victory over Stephenson in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs, Townsend put on a stellar defensive performance, intercepting four passes in the win.

After the football season, Townsend resumed training for the Corps and pursuing his lifelong dream. “I’ve loved the Marine Corps since I was little and it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do,” he said.

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