Saluting Our Service Members

By the Major Brent Taylor Foundation

This month, we honor Jaxon Porter. Thank you for your service to our country!

Jaxon Jefferson Porter is the youngest child of Jeff and Roxane Porter’s three children. His older sisters are Rylee Porter and JoCee Holladay.

Jaxon was born in New Jersey and lived his first eight years there. His family moved to North Ogden, Utah, in 2006. Jaxon attended Bates Elementary School, North Ogden Junior High School, and Weber High School. Notable teachers for Jaxon were Bates Elementary School’s Ms. Wright and Mrs. Swanson. He also adored his German teacher, Mr. Zentz, and orchestra director Mr. Johnson at North Ogden Junior High School. Lastly, he especially liked Mrs. Angela Carrier, his math teacher at Weber High School. Mrs. Carrier instilled a love of math and physics in Jaxon and wrote a number of letters of recommendation for Jaxon’s application to the United States Military Academy.

After graduating from Weber High School, Jaxon served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Yerevan, Armenia. He served from November 2016 to 2018. During his last two transfers, he actually served as Branch President for the second largest congregation in Armenia.

Upon returning from Armenia, Jaxon applied for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was nominated by Senator Mike Lee and was informed that he was accepted to West Point by a phone call from Senator Lee in March of 2019. Jaxon accepted the appointment and tackled the famous “Beast” cadet basic training in the summer of 2019. As a result, he became an official West Point Cadet for the 2023 Class. Jaxon declared his official major as Physics after his first semester during his plebe year. He finished his second year and, after a short two-week visit home to North Ogden this summer, Jaxon will report to Fort Hood in Texas to work closely with a second lieutenant in the Infantry. His objective will be to learn how a platoon leader leads their platoon. He will “affirm” his appointment this fall at the start of his third year at the Military Academy.

Jaxon enjoys scripture study, fly fishing, physics, reading history, especially classic Greek and Roman history, and lifting weights.

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Do you know of a local military member we could spotlight here? We’d love to tell their story—or yours! Contact the Major Brent Taylor Foundation at majorbrenttaylor@aggiepride21gmail-com

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