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June 20, 2016

Aguilar Honors Inland Empire Class of 2020 U.S. Service Academy Appointees

On Saturday, Rep. Pete Aguilar honored Inland Empire students who will be attending U.S. Service Academies this fall.

“There is no greater honor than to serve our nation, so to have the Inland Empire’s best and brightest representing our region at U.S. Service Academies across the country is a point of pride for our community,” said Rep. Aguilar. He added, “It’s inspiring to see such bravery and nobility in the rising generation, and I hope these young leaders will serve as role models to their fellow classmates who will walk in their footsteps next year.”

For the class of 2020, seven students from California’s 31st Congressional District will attend U.S. Service Academies. Andrew Aldaz will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point; Wade Preciado will attend the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis; Garret Gwozdz will attend the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs; Eric Kawecki will attend the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs; Luke Andres will attend the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs; Nicole Thompson will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point; and Hannah Nance will attend the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School at Colorado Springs.

To be considered for U.S. Service Academies, students require nominations. Rep. Aguilar is allowed to nominate up to ten students for each vacant academy slot allocated to California’s 31st Congressional District. Since taking office, Rep. Aguilar has hosted two Academy Day information sessions, where U.S. Service Academy representatives were present to answer questions on admission timeline, admission requirements and preparation, the application process, course loads and more. The application deadline for the class of 2021 is October 14, 2016. Students interested in applying can find additional information, including an application package, here or call Rep. Aguilar’s San Bernardino office at 909-890-4445.

Rep. Aguilar is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and serves on the Strategic Forces and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees.

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(Pictured from left to right: Ret. COL Frank Guevara, LT COL Ted Alejandre, Luke Andres, Eric Kawecki, Garret Gwozdz, Andrew Aldaz, Wade Preciado, LTC Caroline Morales and Rep. Pete Aguilar.)