2012-05-25 / Community

Turner Makes Military Academy House Calls


Yaira Diaz with Bob Turner after her academy appointment. Yaira Diaz with Bob Turner after her academy appointment. Congressman Bob Turner called five local teenagers personally to congratulate them on receiving appointments to one of the United States service academies.

“An appointment to one of the United States service academies is a prestigious honor and I couldn’t be more proud of the five young men and women who will represent our congressional district this coming fall, and embark on a career of serving this great nation,” Turner said. “I’d also like to thank members of the community who graciously donated their time to serve on my office’s nominating committee. They took this responsibility very seriously, and their commitment to this process is reflected by the respective appointments of these terrific future leaders.”

Kieran McMahon of Rockaway Beach will head up the Hudson to West Point this fall and attend the United States Military Academy. McMahon just completed his freshman year at Manhattan College while serving as a member of the ROTC at Fordham University.

“Service to my country has always been one of my foundations; getting to this point has been a challenge and it is a challenge I’m willing to take up,” McMahon said of his appointment.

Along with McMahon, Scholars’ Academy alumna Amanda Jackson of Rockaway Park, Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) graduate and Belle Harbor resident Sean Casey, and one other local graduate will all head down to Annapolis, MD to study at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Upon his appointment, newly minted Midshipman Casey said, “Thanks to Congressman Turner for the nomination; I am looking forward to the challenges the Naval Academy has to offer and the opportunities that lie ahead of me.”

Casey’s new classmate Amanda Jackson added, “I am humbled and honored to accept my appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Our United States Naval Academy is the opportunity of a lifetime that I intend to take advantage of. Growing up in Rockaway, I have had access to a top education at the Scholars’ Academy and an overwhelmingly supportive community. I would like to thank my family, friends, educators, coaches, Beat-The-Streets wrestling and Congressman Bob Turner for making it possible for me to accept this appointment.”

Rounding out this year’s appointees and taking to the air will be Yaira Diaz of Maspeth who is currently enrolled at the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado. Diaz, who came to the U.S. from her native Dominican Republic eight years ago, is proud to be serving her adopted country.

“I’m very proud of where I came from. I have been here for 8 years and it is amazing to have such an opportunity; I am thankful for that,” she said.

Being a veteran himself, Turner has worked hard to represent servicemembers past, present and future. He has awarded 27 medals to five veterans including three Bronze Star Medals and two Purple Hearts – two of the U.S.’s highest military honors.

He has been a sponsor of several veteran specific bills and serves as a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Turner has worked with the VA and other local veterans agencies to help organize and sponsor events geared towards helping veterans find jobs, veterans job training, and assisting veterans in transitioning back into civilian life.

The Congressman is thankful for the sacrifices of our veterans and proud of the great commitment these future leaders have chosen to take on.

His office is now accepting applications for nominations for fall 2013 U.S. Military Academy appointments.

For more information, please visit http://bobturner.house.gov.

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