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Naval Academy Service Becomes a Family Legacy

Posted on: October 22, 2013 09:00 EDT by MC2 Alexia Riveracorrea

Three brothers attended the Naval Academy. At one point, all three were at school at the same time – as a firstie, a youngster and a plebe. It’s not that unusual a scenario, perhaps.

But this year, Lt. Cmdr. Jason Brianas (USNA 1997), Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Brianas (USNA 1999), and Jonathan Brianas (USNA 2000) found themselves in the unique position of being back on the Yard together as members of the Naval Academy staff.

“To be able to come back to this great institution like this – all three of us – we have a greater appreciation for how this institution affects future leaders of the Navy and the Marine Corps, and we are really lucky to be back here,” said Christopher Brianas, the academy's director of governmental affairs and deputy chair for officer accessions and career information.

Born and raised in Annapolis, Md., the Brianas brothers became familiar with the Navy and the Naval Academy at an early age.

 “Growing up around the academy and knowing what the academy was about, knowing what it meant to serve and the mission of the academy to develop midshipmen morally and mentally – I think that appealed to all of us,” said Christopher Brianas.

Brianas brothers as mids

Attracted by its values and the opportunity to serve the country, Jason, the oldest brother, was the first to enter the academy.

“I really pushed hard to gain entrance to the academy,” said Jason Brianas, deputy director of the Stockdale Center for Ethics in Leadership. “After that, everything gravitated towards that lifestyle and profession.”

Jason’s plebe year was challenging, which helped serve as a roadmap for his brothers.

“I believe my struggles and experience really helped my brothers once they decided to join the academy,” said Jason Brianas. “I feel like I was a good mentor for them. I gave them all the lessons learned, and I know they felt appreciative of that. But ultimately they had to perform militarily and academically on their own.”

“When you know you have brothers here you’ve got a bit of umbrella factor,” said Jonathan Brianas, Alumni Hall manager.

It helped that all three brothers studied economics so their paths often crossed, he said.

At the same time, because they were in different classes, they had to conform to the rank structure.

“It was different dealing with my brother who was an upper class and being cognizant of the fact that are slightly different rules and different relationships that we are not used to,” said Christopher Brianas.

All three brothers share an affection for the Naval Academy and the Annapolis community they've called home most of their lives.

“Being able to come back here and work at an institution that has meant so much to me was really important, being able give back,” said Jonathan Brianas. “It was a home when I was a mid.”

Brianas brothers

Lolaine Brianas, the three brothers' mother, also works at the academy, in the Brigade Medical Unit. Having all three sons working at the same place brings her a lot of joy, said Christopher Brianas.

“It’s an amazing opportunity and amazing experience to be here as a family and also serve the USNA mission,” said Jason Brianas. 
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