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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Rep. Black Hosts Send-Off Ceremony for U.S. Military Academy Appointees

June 5, 2017
Press Release

Left to right: Wesley Punzalan, Allison Goodpaster, Rep. Diane Black, Nick Sartain, Kody Crider

Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) held a send-off breakfast honoring her U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2021. Congressman Black released the following statement thanking her appointees for choosing a career in military service:

“This year’s U.S. Service Academy appointees represent Tennessee’s best and I am extremely proud of each of them. By applying and accepting this appointment, these young men and women have chosen to serve their country, protect our liberties, and ensure that freedom is carried on for the next generation. I look forward to keeping in touch with these students and hope that in the future they will come back home to our district and tell prospective academy students and parents about their experiences as a military academy graduate. I wish them all well as they embark on this exciting journey,” said Congressman Black.

Congressman Black’s U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2021 include:

Wesley Punzalan – Jackson County High School – Air Force Academy
Allison Goodpaster – Station Camp High School  – Naval Academy
Nick Sartain – Montgomery Bell Academy – West Point
Kody Crider – Goodpasture Christian School – Naval Academy

Unable to attend:
John Franklin – West Point
Rivers Hinson – West Point
Jacob Fowler – Coast Guard Academy

Background: Each year, Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating a limited number of students to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with a commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Congressman Black is accepting applications for the class of 2022. For more information, please visit:

http://black.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations/military-academy-nominations-faq