Congressman Lipinski Congratulates Military Academy Appointees from La Grange, Oak Lawn, and Brookfield

Praising their exemplary records and their commitment to serve our nation, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) on Thursday congratulated Michael Rodden of La Grange on his appointment to the Air Force Academy, Collin Demski of Oak Lawn on his appointment to the Naval Academy, and Keith Miller of Brookfield on his appointment to West Point. All are top-ranked students and were nominated to their respective academies by Congressman Lipinski. 

“I am proud to have nominated these three outstanding young men for appointment to our military academies,” Congressman Lipinski said. “Our national security depends on the patriotism and readiness to serve of young people like Michael, Collin, and Keith.”

“Their intelligence, outlook, and accomplishments leave me with no doubt that they have very bright futures ahead of them and will prove to be outstanding officers. Each is a credit to his family, his school, and his community, and it was my honor, privilege, and great pleasure to nominate them. The Third District can be proud of these three men.”

Joining the Congressman in congratulating the appointees was Brookfield Mayor Michael J. Garvey.

Congressman Lipinski is presently accepting nomination request letters from young persons in the 3rd Congressional District to the U.S. Service Academies for the classes entering in the summer of 2012. The service academies include:

            Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
            Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
            West Point Military Academy, West Point, NY
            Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY

Coast Guard Academy admissions are based on a nationwide competition with no Congressional nominations.

Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday and not passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy; be a United States citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT and/or SAT; and meet the stringent entrance requirements of their preferred Academy.

The selection of nominees is based upon a “whole person” evaluation. Although nominations will not be made until January 2012, all interested persons are encouraged to submit their written requests as soon as possible. The deadline for completed files is Dec. 1, 2011. For more information, contact Lenore Goodfriend in Congressman Lipinski’s Oak Lawn office at (708) 424-0853.

(May 20, 2011)