Sullivan Honored to Announce 2017 Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) had the honor and privilege of nominating 41 outstanding young Alaskans to four of our country’s U.S. Military Service Academies for the class of 2021. 

“This year’s selection of candidates was exceptional – all exhibited the characteristics that will help them to succeed as leaders in our nation’s military: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment to serving their community and nation,” said Senator Sullivan. “Nominating candidates for our nation’s outstanding Military Service Academies is one of my favorite things to do as a U.S. Senator. The backgrounds and experiences of these young Alaskans is humbling – I am so impressed with this field of exceptional future leaders who want to serve their country. It is an honor to be a part of this process.” 

These nominations allow the applicants to compete for appointments to the academies. Appointments are offered individually by the academies.

Senator Sullivan’s class of 2021 Military Service Academy nominees are as follows: 

U.S. Air Force Academy:

  • Michael Anderson – JBER
  • Grant Barkhurst – JBER
  • Savannah Bassett – Eagle River*
  • Thomas Chandler – Big Lake
  • Micah Foreman – Eagle River*
  • Nathan Guillermo – Eagle River
  • Ethan Isaacson – Anchorage*
  • Elizabeth Kim – Eagle River 
  • Brody Lambert – Eagle River
  • Madeline Larson – Wasilla*
  • Kade Leonard – Eielson AFB
  • Andrew Luiken – Anchorage
  • Brady McGee – Eagle River
  • Raymond Metzger – Anchorage
  • Cole Mooty – Eagle River*
  • Cole Phelps – Anchorage
  • Dillon Scarboro – North Pole
  • Emi Siler – Eielson AFB
  • Brynn Sulte – Anchorage*
  • Delana Wesen – Anchorage*

U.S. Military Academy:

  • Christopher Bailey – Anchorage
  • Savannah Bassett – Eagle River*
  • Nathaniel Beck – Ketchikan
  • Brandon Brooks – JBER
  • Micah Foreman – Eagle River*
  • Perry Fulton – Fairbanks
  • Bradley Grover – Wasilla*
  • Andrew Hampton – Anchorage
  • Ethan Isaacson – Anchorage*
  • Madeline Larson – Wasilla*
  • Elias Markose – JBER
  • Cole Mooty – Eagle River*
  • Taylor Mulkins – Palmer
  • Dawson Nash – Palmer
  • Kevin “Max” Sargent – Anchorage
  • Gerik Sherrill – Ketchikan*
  • Brynn Sulte – Anchorage*
  • Charles “Joe” Tung – Anchorage*

 U.S. Naval Academy:

  • Amelia Butler – Wasilla
  • Mary “Katie” Crowley – Palmer
  • Kevin Davison – North Pole
  • Gary Eakin – Kotzebue
  • Ryan Kavalok – Palmer
  • Jeffrey Lautrup – Palmer
  • Fintan Nakada – Anchorage
  • John Norton – Kodiak
  • Cameron Shideler – JBER
  • Delana Wesen – Anchorage*

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy:

  • Savannah Bassett – Eagle River*
  • Bradley Grover – Wasilla*
  • Gerik Sherrill – Ketchikan*
  • Charles “Joe” Tung – Anchorage*
  • Delana Wesen – Anchorage* 

*Received more than one nomination from Senator Sullivan

Senator Sullivan’s Academy Review Board, comprised of nine members from across Alaska, reviewed the applications and interviewed each of the applicants, and recommended individuals for nomination. Board members include service academy alumni, combat veterans, members of the Alaska Air National Guard, as well as those intimately familiar with the academy nomination process.

“I am honored once again by the board’s participation and dedication. They volunteered countless hours reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, and discussing the qualifications of potential nominees,” said Senator Sullivan. “I am thankful for the breadth of expertise they brought to this process to nominate young Alaskans to become the next leaders of the world’s most esteemed military.”

Senator Sullivan’s 2017 Service Academy Review Board:

  • Eric Feige – Chickaloon
  • Grace Greene – Girdwood
  • Win Gruening – Juneau
  • Dan F. Kennedy – Wasilla
  • Thomas P. Senter, M.D. – Anchorage/Nikiski
  • Butch Stein – Fairbanks
  • Bill Thomas – Haines
  • Keenan Zerkel – Anchorage
  • Kathlene Rowell  – Staff Director for nominations, Wasilla

The Alaska Congressional Delegation works closely with one another to maximize the opportunities for Alaskan men and women to receive nominations to the academies.

NOTE: The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination for their application.