September 12, 2008

Idaho Delegation To Host Academy Day

Idaho students have opportunity to learn about Military Service Academies

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation is pleased to host the Eighth Annual Service Academy Day in Idaho on October 4th. Events will be held simultaneously in Boise and Coeur d'Alene. The purpose of these gatherings is to share information with students, parents, and counselors about the Congressional nomination process for the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. While a Congressional nomination is not needed to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, representatives have been invited to share information about this school as well.

This year forums are being held in Coeur d'Alene and Boise. Participants can meet with Academy Liaisons, Cadets, and Midshipmen and hear about each academy and learn how to apply for a Congressional Nomination.

The Service Academy Day locations on Saturday, October 4th are as follows:

· Coeur d'Alene - Administration Building, 451 Government Way, Rooms 1A and 1B, 9:30 a.m. - Noon

· Boise - Timberline High School, 701 East Boise Ave., 9:30 a.m. - Noon

"Our service academies have a long tradition of developing the minds and physical abilities of our brightest students to become officers in the service of the United States military," said Senator Larry Craig. "I consider my nominations to the military academies to be both a privilege and one of my most important responsibilities as a member of the United States Senate."

"Our U.S. Service Academies have a long tradition of excellence in education and training of our nation's leaders that includes not only those in the military, but those in business, technology, and industry," said Senator Mike Crapo. "Graduates receive an education that is second to none which will serve them to excel both in their military career and for graduate school and in the job market."

"Academy nominations give Idaho's finest students the opportunity to serve their country, receive an elite college education and get a jump-start on a good career," said Congressman Mike Simpson. "Idaho consistently ranks among the top states in the quality of its nominations and we'll be looking to continue that record."

"Idaho has plenty of students who have demonstrated the academic ability, athletic skill and moral caliber necessary to become our future military leaders," said Congressman Bill Sali. "It is a pleasure and an honor to be able to recognize students by nominating them to our service academies."

For more information, contact:

· Mick Webster, Senator Craig's office, (208) 523-5541

· Karen Roetter, Senator Crapo's office, (208) 664-5490

· Linda Culver, Congressman Simpson's office, (208) 734-7219.

· Kitty Kunz, Congressman Sali's office, (208) 336-9831

The deadline to make application through one of the Idaho Delegation offices for the class entering in 2009 is October 31, 2008.