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

Jun 7, 2013 Issues: Education

L-R: Austin Drake Carter, Tyler Rettke, Congressman Diane Black, Alexander Douglas Sanders, Marco Andres Aveledo

Gallatin, TN – U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) held a send-off lunch today honoring her U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2017. 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 have chosen to serve their country; to protect our liberties, and to ensure that freedom is carried on for the next generation. I look forward to keeping in touch with this year’s appointees and hope that at some point soon they will come back home to our district and tell prospective students and parents about their experiences as a military academy graduate,” said Congressman Black.

Congressman Black’s U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2017 include:

Alexander Douglas Sanders, Smyrna — U.S. Naval Academy
Austin Drake Carter, Hendersonville — U.S. Air Force Academy
Marco Andres Aveledo, Murfreesboro — U.S. Military Academy
Tyler Rettke, Hendersonville — U.S. Military Academy
Matthew Scott Fowler, Smyrna — U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (not pictured)
Paul Jeremiah Fogolin, Hendersonville—U.S. Naval Academy (not pictured)

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 is accepting applications for the class of 2018. For more information, please visit: