Locals make list of alternates for academy appointments

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy this week announced his nominations to U.S. service academies, which included several local students competing alternates for the primary nominations.

Nominees were selected in a competitive process in which a number of highly qualified high school students from California’s 23rd Congressional District applied for consideration.

“Before their high school graduation, these students have decided to take on the immense responsibility of service to their country,” said McCarthy. “Their willingness to raise their right hand and commit to a career of service speaks volumes of their character and potential.

“They are the future officers of our Armed Forces, and I could not be prouder to have young students from our communities preparing to lead the charge in helping to keep our country safe.”

Local alternates include:

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs — Trevor Frisbee, 2019 Burroughs High School graduate, currently a student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Caroline Pillers, Burroughs High School student

United States Military Academy, West Point — Brady Foisy, Burroughs High School student

Each candidate was interviewed by McCarthy’s Academy Interview Committee in November and the selections were submitted to the congressman.

The Academy Interview Committee includes Cam Martin, retired external affairs director at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center; Col. Sean Bradley (1996 USAFA graduate), flight test engineer and 412th Electronic Warfare Group, Edwards AFB; and Miles Muzio, chief meteorologist at KBAK TV, Air Force veteran

More committee members are Terrie Bernardin, retired educator and principal at West High School, Bakersfield; and Les Clark, Jr., district sdministrator, West Side Recreation and Parks District and member of the Taft Union High School Board of Trustees.

Story First Published: 2019-12-13