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Antron Brown, Driver, U.S. Army Top-Fuel Dragster

Antron Brown
Driver, U.S. Army Top-Fuel Dragster

Antron Brown is the driver of the MATCO Tools / U.S. Army Top-Fuel dragster. In addition to being the 2012 NHRA Top-Fuel World Champion, Antron is also committed to youth education and participates in speaking engagements for high school and technical college students across the country for the U.S. Army.

How did you become involved with the Army?
Back in 2002, I joined the U.S. Army Pro Stock Motorcycle team. It was definitely a true blessing for me to be involved with such a great team because my dad served for 26 years in active duty and the National Guard, and I feel like I’m honoring him every time I drive onto that track.

What were you surprised to learn about the Army through your involvement?
After going through Basic Combat Training and seeing all of the Soldiers, the one thing that I learned and adapted was to have a different mindset and attitude on life – to tell myself that I will and I can. I used to think I had limitations in life, and the Army taught me that you don’t have any limitations when you surround yourself with a great team with strong leadership and values. Anything is possible and anything unbelievable is achievable.

What has been your most interesting or memorable experience with the U.S. Army?
Definitely being put into Basic Training and jumping out of a plane with the U.S. Army Golden Knights.

Why do you feel the Army should be considered as a viable post-secondary option?
Everything that you can do in the real world, you can do in the Army with the added bonus of an amazing education and benefits taking you to a level that you never dreamed about – and the best part is that when you retire, you can find a comparable civilian career to continue your passions.

How important is STEM education to your success as a driver for the Army race team?
STEM is a crucial part of everything that we do in motorsports and racing. It’s the foundation to all the technology that surrounds us, from safety to the high performance cars, and allows us to win championships and set world records.

What advice do you have for students who are interested in a career in a STEM-related field?
STEM careers are on the leading edge of making something new for tomorrow and when you’re in a career of that magnitude, you can never move forward and progress without stumbling or taking a few steps back along the way. Keep your head down and learn from your mistakes so you can improve and take that next step.

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