Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Rep. Thompson's office accepting applications for service academy nominations

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) announced that his office is accepting applications from those ages 17 to 23 who are interested in attending the four service academies requiring nominations: United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United States Naval Academy. 

The fifth service academy, the Coast Guard Academy, does not require a nomination.
“One of the highest honors I have as a representative in Congress is annually nominating exceptional candidates from our community to the service academies,” said Thompson. “Just a few months ago, five exceptional young men and women were accepted into the academies from our district, and I’m pleased to announce that the nomination process for 2016 class is underway. If offered appointments, these young men and women will receive both a world class education and the skills they will need to become tomorrow’s military leaders.”
Eligible candidates must be at least 17 years old, but younger than 23, in the year of their admission to the academy, a United States citizen, unmarried, and a resident of California’s 5th Congressional District.
The benefits of attending a service academy include:

· Cadets will receive a four year education and degree from some of the most prestigious colleges in the country. All service academies have high academic standards.
· In exchange for a five year commitment to the military candidates selected receive a world-class education valued at $400,000. Schooling, room, board and books are all paid for.  In addition medical and dental coverage will be provided.
· The service academies’ key focus is on preparing the leaders of tomorrow through leadership, mental, emotional and physical development.
· Cadets will have job security upon graduation as they will go into service as a commissioned officer in the United States military.
· An O-1 commissioned officer earns a base pay of $3,692.10 per month plus 30 days of leave a year.
· A new Second Lieutenant earns $ 2,934.30 per month. In addition, they receive a $253 Basic Allowance for Subsistence. Airborne status pays and extra $150 per month and Combat Zone pay extra $225 month. Additionally, they receive a housing allowance to live off post, which varies by location.

Interested applicants should contact Thompson’s Santa Rosa District Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707-542-7182 for an application packet and further information.

Applications are due to Thompson’s office by Oct. 15, 2016.
Class of 2016 accepted nominees from the Fifth District included:
U.S. Air Force Academy

Sydney Rickert, Santa Rosa: Rickert played on Maria Carrillo’s nationally-ranked women’s high school soccer team. She was a team captain, named to the All-American High School League Watch List, 2015-2016, and received the first team All-League award, 2014-2015. She has volunteered in a number of capacities, including as a children’s soccer coach, working with horses and as a paralegal assistant. She received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for going to the 2015 Elite Clubs National League Finals and was recognized by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for her Championship win with Maria Carrillo’s women’s soccer team.
U.S. Naval Academy

Emma Farr, Martinez: With her appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Farr is continuing a family legacy. Her uncle, father, and grandfather all served in the Navy and her sister currently attends the U.S. Naval Academy. Farr's goal is to become an officer in the United States Marine Corps. In high school, she was named to the Principal’s Honor Roll, 2012-2015 and to the National Society of High School Scholars, 2012-2015. She was an American Legion Auxiliary Girl’s National Senator, 2015 and attended the National Youth Leadership Conference in 2012. She also volunteered weekly at the Veterans Administration hospital and played both varsity volleyball and track and field. She enjoys doing art, hiking and camping.

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Bosung Lim, Benicia: He was salutatorian of his high school class. He is fluent in Korean, having moved to the United States from Korea when he was 10 years old. He has volunteered in special needs classes during the summers for three years. He will be returning to West Point after a leave of absence.
Mia Melgoza, Vallejo: Melgoza played travel softball for five years, with both the Vallejo Hurricanes and the Benicia Outlaws, and she volunteered with a local charity, Families Helping Families. Her recognition and accolades during high school include: Honor Roll, June 2015. Golden Bear Award, July 2015. Devil Pups Competition, 2015. Dean’s List, October 2013, October 2014. Core Values Award, June 2015; Entrepreneur of the Month In Business to Learn, September 2013; Build Academic Award for Academic Achievement 2014-2015; Scientific Excellence, June 2015; Certificate of Completion, Berkeley-Haas School of Business, High School Entrepreneurship Session, 2015; CalPrep Scientific Excellence for Top Experimental Design, Aspire California College Preparatory Academy.
Tyler Leary, American Canyon: Leary is graduating first in his class. He was on the varsity wrestling, water polo and cross country teams. He also played in the marching band and was a captain and co-captain of the Winter Drumline. He has worked as an instructor of Tahitian dance since 2012 and was a member of the Jiu jitsu club, 2013-2014. Leary's recognition and accolades during high school include: Lone Wolf Award (4.0 GPA), 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. National Honor Society, August 2014-present. Key Club 2013-2014; Outstanding Marching Percussion Performance Winter Percussion 2015; Instrumental Music Varsity Letter 2015.
Thompson represents California’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

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