2012-12-21 / Top Stories

Turner Nominates Locals To Service Academies

Congressman Bob Turner has announced his nominations to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Na-val Academy, The United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

“One of the great privileges as a Congressman is having the oppor-tunity to nominate young men and women from the 9th Congressional District to our nation’s service academies,” Turner said. “It is an honor to nominate candidates of such high caliber who wish to make a commitment to our nation’s mili-tary and to their future. These nom-inees will become the leaders of tomorrow.”

A congressional nomination is required for students wishing to enter the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Ma-rine Academy.

Acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nineyear service obligation, includ-ing four years at an academy and five years of active duty service.

Turner also acknowledged the dedication of the selection commit-tee he formed to choose the nomi-nees from a large group of qualified applicants. The appointments were granted based on criteria including academic record, leadership poten-tial, and overall achievement. The service academies have the final say on acceptance.

“I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of my committee. They had the tough task of selecting a finite number of can-didates from a large, qualified pool,” the Congressman said.

The Congressman has nominated Henry Wu (Stuyvesant High School) from Woodhaven and Pamela Wishart (Leon M. Goldstein High School) from Neponsit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Middle Village resident Raymond Perniciaro (Aviation High School) and Seamus McCaffrey (Saint Francis Preparatory School) of Glendale to the Air Force Academy; Jacob Lynch (Cathedral Preparatory Seminary) of Flushing and Terence Stackpole (St. Francis Preparatory School) of Belle Harbor to the United States Navy; and Glendale native Marco LoBosco (Archbishop Molloy High School) to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

The nominees are equally excited about the prospect of attending one of America’s elite military acade-mies, and becoming our nation’s leaders of tomorrow.

“It means so much because it brings me closer to my ultimate goal of attending the United States Naval Academy,” Stackpole said. “It means a lot coming from Congress-man Turner. After going through the events of the last few weeks, Hurricane Sandy, with his personal loss - including the loss of his house - he is still out there doing his job, working for the community, and it gives you a role model in the com-munity. I am proud to have his en-dorsement.”

Stackpole added “I’m ready for the job.”

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