Our Mission & Vision
WOL’s Primary focus is to increase the pool of qualified minority cadets and to provide counsel to its cadets and graduates. WOL places special emphasis on diversity and ensuring the success of future USAFA cadets, current USAFA cadets, and its graduate.
Philosophy & Community Impact
WOL also supports members while on active duty and during transition to the private or public sectors. Our hope is that our combined experiences and professional network leads to a wealth of valuable advice and counsel.
Why Way of Life?
We mentor cadets via face-to-face sessions during Spring and Fall “Pathfinder Seminars.” Another immensely popular event is the WOL Falcon Football Tailgate. We target an early Falcon home football game.
WOL is loaded with talent and potential, but we need your support and participation to continue the vision! We need fresh ideas and of course, volunteers. Our work is serious and incredibly rewarding. Join us and make a difference. Thank you!
Loyd Bradley - President
Loyd Bradley, Jr. is a Finance Officer in the United States Air Force and a volunteer enthusiast. He is a 2014 graduate from the United States Air Force Academy and a 2019 graduate from the Air Force Institute of Technology. As a cadet, Loyd served as the Vice President of the Way of Life Committee his junior year and the President his senior year. Upon graduating, Loyd served on numerous boards of directors for nonprofit organizations aimed at bettering their surrounding communities. Most recently he has served on both a Senator and Congressman’s Academy Selection Board for the incoming cadet class of 2024. Loyd was voted and appointed as the President of the Way of Life Alumni Group by the board of directors at the Annual Business Meeting in the Fall of 2019. He is dedicated to helping aide the growth and development of future cadets, cadets, and graduates. Loyd is currently a Cost Analyst stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
Joy Johnson - Vice President
Joy Johnson is an active duty Civil Engineer officer in the United States Air Force. She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in 2013 where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2018 earning her Master of Science in Project Management. Joy held the position of President for the Way of Life Committee for her last two years at USAFA. After graduation, she was selected to work for the USAFA Admissions Office where she traveled the United States in search of diverse and underprivileged students like herself. She then continued her career in Anchorage, Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and in South Korea at Kunsan AB. Joy was appointed Vice President of the Way of Life Alumni Group in Fall 2019. She is dedicated to the community and has been a featured speaker for numerous nonprofit organizations targeting the advancement of young women, STEM, and minorities. Joy lives in Mount Holly, New Jersey and is currently stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Carmilya Jones - Treasurer
Carmilya Jones is a North Carolina native and active duty officer in the United States Air Force. She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) Preparatory School in 2007 and followed on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Biology from USAFA in 2011. During her time at USAFA, she had the honor of serving as the Way of Life Committee President and a manager for the women’s volleyball team. Post-graduation, she reached out to underserved students and their families as a diversity recruiter in the USAFA Admissions Department. In 2017, she earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University while providing security of the nation’s nuclear arsenal at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming as a missile operator. In her current capacity, she is the Deputy Chief of the 50th Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation (OGV) section, 50TH Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, which serves over 400 space warfighters. She also serves as the WOL Alumni Group’s Treasurer, where she manages the organization’s finances. She hopes that WOL will be a catalytic force in the community and a change agent in USAFA minority enrollment and retention.
Carmilya is the proud wife of Steve Jones, a 2012 USAFA graduate, and mother to two children, Elijah and Moriah.
Brontavious Railey - Secretary
Brontavious Railey is a proud alumnus of both the Prep School and the United States Air Force Academy Class of 2014. As a cadet, Brontavious was active in the Way of Life Committee. He began his career as a Contracting Officer stationed at Hanscom AFB. After his deployment to Afghanistan, he knew he wanted to find his way back to USAFA to give back and help lead, train, and inspire the next generation of Air Force Officers. He is currently doing just that as an English instructor at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.
Shayla CantySmith - Membership Chair
Shayla A. CantySmith is a Senior Contracting Officer leading innovation and efficiency through procurement in the United States Air Force. She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2004, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business with a minor in Mathematics. She later earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. As a cadet, Shayla was an active member of the Way of Life Committee known for not messing around but a trusted mentor among her peers and younger cadets due to her commitment to taking care of others. Passionate about mentorship and strengthening communities, upon graduation, she continued to seek opportunities to intentionally create exposure and access for young women of all cultures no matter where she was stationed. Most recently, Shayla served on a Congressman’s Academy Selection Board and has been honored with the privilege of speaking at multiple events about diversity, being a minority woman in the Air Force, and leadership. Making history as a first African American female commander, Shayla continues to honor God, break barriers, and increase the development of cadets and graduates through her appointed position within the Way of Life Alumni Group.
Shayla is a co-founder of GP Associates, holds an unlimited warrant, a level III certification in Contracting, and level II certification in Program Management. Shayla is married to Randy Smith and they have two beautiful children.
Braylon Gurnell - Information Technology
A Houston native, Braylon Gurnell graduated from USAFA in 2011 where he studied engineering and played football. Since graduation, Braylon has served as a Developmental Engineer helping the Air Force establish commercial space partnerships and working to deliver targeting and intelligence software systems to warfighters across the globe. He is currently serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio as the Chief of Test and Evaluation Inspections within the Air Force Materiel Command Inspector General’s office. Braylon is passionate about youth mentorship and giving back to his community. In the past, he has partnered with community organizations to lead youth outreach initiatives. He has also worked to support grassroots efforts to recruit minority cadets and served on the Service Academy Advisory Board for two Congressmen. As a member of the WOL team, Braylon hopes to contribute to making the organization stronger than ever. When he is not at work, you can find Braylon traveling the world with his wife, Krystal, who is a fellow 2011 USAFA graduate.
Erika Chapman - Events and Program Chair
Erika Chapman is an active duty Logistics Readiness officer in the United States Air Force. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Air Force Academy, where she played Division I basketball. Upon graduating, Erika served as the F-35 Sustainment Center, OIC, where she was the sole Lieutenant selected to partner with Lockheed Martin to boost enterprise supply chain operations. She is passionate about the development and progression of women of color and minorities. As an active member of the Way of Life Alumni Group (WOL), she hopes to expand the WOL community’s breadth and depth of resources dedicated to advancing the multigenerational cohort of current cadets, active duty, and retired members. Erika is currently a Deployment and Distribution Flight Commander stationed at Eglin, Air Force Base, Florida.
Tyler Jackson - Events and Program Chair
Tyler Jackson is the Chief of the Military Personnel Section (MPS) at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this position, he leads 71 military and civilian personnel in the Air Force’s largest MPS. He’s responsible for supporting 266 tenant units, 56 senior raters, and seven higher headquarters agencies to include AFPC and AETC. As the MPS Chief, Tyler assists with managing one of the Air Force’s Largest Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) site operations, enabling care for over 630,000 Active Duty,
Reservists, Retirees, and civilians in the greater San Antonio Area. He also oversees the Air Force’s largest re-class program, where he’s assisted in retraining over one thousand airmen, helping the Air Force secure over $22M in assets. Tyler received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in May of 2018, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in
Management. He was also a starter on the Air Force Academy’s football team and an academic excellence award recipient.
Nkozi Stewart - Events and Program Chair
Nkozi Stewart is a 21R, Logistics Readiness Officer currently stationed at Joint Base Andrews, MD. He is a 2018 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management. Upon graduating, Nkozi served as the Officer in Charge of Ground Transportation for JB Andrews before fulfilling a 196-day deployment to Niger as the installation’s Logistics Flight Commander. He is now the Officer in Charge of Logistics Plans. Through his time as a cadet, Nkozi was an active member of the Way of Life Committee (WLC) and is excited to be an active member of the Way of Life Alumni Group (WOL).
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