Rep. Johnson celebrates U.S. Service Academy nominations, honors veterans

February 25, 2020
Press Release
Rep. Johnson Awards $8M in Appointments Since 2007

STONE MOUNTAIN— On Feb. 18, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced his office nominated 20 students to attend a U.S. Service Academy: Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the ROTC Congressional Scholarship Initiative.

The Congressman also honored two Fourth District veterans who served their country and home and abroad. The reception was held at Stone Mountain’s Art Station.

The Congressman’s office will announce official service academy appointments between May and June.  

Every year, members of Congress nominate students to attend the nation’s military academies. Those nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, room and board, medical and dental care. The average award per appointment is worth $425,000. ROTC students receive six-figure scholarship funds as well.

Since 2007, Congressman Johnson has helped award appointments worth more than $8 million.

“Please understand that you are the future leaders of the free world,” Rep. Johnson said. “You will accomplish great feats and achieve many of your ambitions. Our nation is dependent upon you to do great deeds of service. I want to say congratulations for taking the first step upon the journey to fulfill your dreams. For without you and the service of others I would not be here to serve you today.”

This year’s reception included honoring the late Lt. Col. Rosalind Wallace – a former member of Rep. Johnson’s nominating committee -- with the Congressman’s Patriot Award, and a medal presentation for Specialist Robert Tamer.

“Not only was she a great soldier, but she was one of our key judges who helped us nominate and get appointments for dozens of students in the Fourth District since 2007,” said Congressman Johnson. “Service is duty, country, God and family. Lt. Col. Wallace encompassed all these qualities and more. Not only did she serve the nation in the Air Force, she served her community, her family, and was an inspiration to hundreds of young people.”

Congressman Johnson told the students who are ready to embark on their service careers that they could look at the lives of Wallace and Tamer as great examples of two people who exemplify the very definition of duty and service.

“Another thread of our nation’s service is Specialist Robert Tamer, the recipient of 10 medals including the Bronze Star,” said Congressman Johnson. “I truly believe fate brought Mr. Tamer to my office to help him receive the accolades he so rightfully deserves.”

NOMINEES

Student

Nominated to

School

Age

 

 

 

 

Spencer Barlow

West Point/Navy

Decatur High

17

Natalie Chavez

Air Force

Brookwood High

18

David Coppock

West Point/Navy

Home School

18

Israel Dixon

West Point/Air Force

Newton High

18

Charlie Ford III

Air Force/Merchant Marines

DSA

17

Allyja French

Navy/West Point

South Gwinnett

18

Brandon Gignilliat

Air Force/Navy

Rockdale Magnet

18

Corinne Hanson

Air Force/West Point

Eastside High

17

Andrew Hicks

Navy/ROTC

MLK Jr. High

17

Grant Holman

Air Force/West Point

Bethlehem Christian 

17

Stuart James

West Point/Navy

Woodward Academy

17

Kijana Knights

Navy

Newton High

18

Daniel Lett

Air Force

Air Force Prep

18

Omari Lewis

West Point/ROTC

Rockdale Magnet

17

Desanna McKenney

ROTC/ Merchant Marines

MLK Jr. High

17

Alexander Mobley

West Point

Military Prep School

18

Nathaniel Poteat

West Point/Navy

South Gwinnett 

18

Amirah Rogers

Merchant Marines/ROTC

Mountain View

17

Randy Terry II

Air Force/ROTC

Stephenson High

17

Trisha Warren

Navy

U.S. Navy Prep

19

 

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