Rep. Tom Graves holds an­nual Mil­i­tary Academy Ap­pointees ‘Send-Off Din­ner’

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Gor­don County, GA – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA14) held a send-off din­ner Mon­day to honor the stu­dents from the 14th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict who were ap­pointed this year to at­tend a U.S. mil­i­tary academy. The din­ner was held at the Gor­don County Agri­cul­tural Ser­vice Cen­ter in Cal­houn.

“I’m proud to nom­i­nate these high­lyqual­i­fied young peo­ple to rep­re­sent the 14th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict of Ge­or­gia at our na­tion’s mil­i­tary acad­e­mies,” said Rep. Graves. “Each of these stu­dents demon­strated through an ex­tremely rig­or­ous process that they have the lead­er­ship skills, in­tegrity and drive to earn suc­cess in our na­tion’s acad­e­mies. Congratulations to each of them on their ap­point­ment to the Class of 2022.”

The stu­dents, their home county and the academy to which they were ap­pointed are as fol­lows:

Tim­ber An­der­son; Gor­don County; U.S. Mil­i­tary Academy (West Point)

An­thony Neil; Pauld­ing County; U.S. Air Force Academy

Bradley Bit­ting; Pauld­ing County; U.S. Air Force Academy

Jerry Ca­ble; Floyd County; U.S. Mil­i­tary Academy (West Point)

Ash­ley Buzzelli; Pauld­ing County; U.S. Air Force Academy

Cather­ine Farist; Gor­don County; U.S. Naval Academy

John Volk; Pauld­ing County; U.S. Air Force Academy

As a mem­ber of Congress, Rep. Graves is re­spon­si­ble for nom­i­nat­ing stu­dents to the mil­i­tary acad­e­mies. The con­gress­man uses an in­de­pen­dent board of mil­i­tary ad­vi­sors to re­view ap­pli­ca­tions from 14th Dis­trict stu­dents and de­ter­mine who re­ceives a nom­i­na­tion. Each mil­i­tary academy then chooses which stu­dents to ap­point out of all the nom­i­na­tions re­ceived from across the coun­try.

The acad­e­mies pro­vide a top notch fouryear college ed­u­ca­tion in ad­di­tion to mil­i­tary of­fi­cer train­ing. The stu­dents do not pay for tu­ition, hous­ing, food, books or other college costs. The stu­dents in­stead com­mit to ac­tive duty mil­i­tary ser­vice as an of­fi­cer for five years fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

From left to right: Bradley Bit­ting, Jerry Ca­ble, Ash­ley Buzzelli, Rep. Graves, Cather­ine Farist, John Volk. Not pic­tured: Tim­ber An­der­son and An­thony Neil.

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