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Julian's Story

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Can a public affairs officer in the United States Army Reserve also be a fashion designer? Yes, and I am proof of that. As an “army brat,” I moved frequently before joining the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Minnesota. In college, I balanced my ROTC commitment with my studies, all while working as a choreographer, dancer, and dance teacher. While I served as a field artillery officer in South Korea in 2014, I started my brand, Wood House. As a field artillery officer, my mission in the U.S. Army Reserves is to destroy, defeat, or disrupt the enemy with coordinated cannon fire. However, I still have time to pursue my passion and use my creativity to inspire and uplift others through fashion design. I built my business and developed my unique style using inspiration from my time in service abroad, especially in Korea. My New York Fashion Week Debut in 2016 revealed the breadth of the styles I have honed over a lifetime of experiences while serving. I want my story to inspire members of the military, arts, black, and gay communities.