Rep. Black Congratulates U.S. Service Academy Appointees for the Class of 2017

May 2, 2013

Gallatin, TN–U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) released the following statement today congratulating her U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2017:

“These young adults represent Tennessee’s best and I am proud to nominate them to a U.S. Service Academy. By applying for and accepting this nomination, these individuals have chosen to serve their country, protect our liberties, and ensure that freedom is carried on for the next generation.  I am extremely proud of each of my appointees and congratulate them on this great achievement” said Congressman Diane Black.

Congressman Black’s appointees to U.S. Service Academies from the class of 2017 include:

Alexander Douglas Sanders, Smyrna—U.S. Naval Academy

Paul Jeremiah Fogolin, Hendersonville—U.S. Naval Academy

Austin Drake Carter, Hendersonville—U.S. Air Force Academy

Matthew Scott Fowler, Smyrna—U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Marco Andres Aveledo, Murfreesboro—U.S. Military Academy

Background: Each year, Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Congressman Black’s office will accept applications for the class of 2018 beginning on May 15, 2013. For more information please visit:

Note: Nominations for the class of 2017 took place prior to the decennial redistricting process. Smyrna and Murfreesboro are  now represented by Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R).