Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Next Generation of Military Leaders

May 6, 2016
Representative Roby's Weekly Column

Each year I have the honor of nominating young men and women for an appointment to our nation’s military academies. The 2016 appointments have now been finalized, and I’m pleased to announce those who have received these prestigious selections.

Our service academies are some of the most distinguished institutions in the world. Appointments are highly sought after and require high academic, character and leadership standards. Those appointed must commit to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

My office conducts a rigorous process by which applicants from throughout Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District are reviewed and interviewed by an independent panel of service academy alumni, who recommend the nominations.

Once a nominee has been officially appointed, I have the privilege of calling to personally inform them of the good news. It is a special privilege to be the first to thank these exceptional students for their willingness to serve their country and to wish them the best on their exciting endeavors.

Listed below are students who were nominated through my office and have received appointments to U.S. military academies for 2016. I join their families, teachers and friends in congratulating them on such a special honor.

  • Jaemin Francis Ashley: U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Jaemin, son of Eunhee and Thomas Ashley, is from Montgomery and attends Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP).
  • Elizabeth Sullivan Brakefield: U.S. Air Force Academy. Elizabeth, daughter of Jill and Lacy Brakefield, is from Dothan and attends the University of Alabama. 
  • Joshua Devon Dye: U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Joshua, son of Gary and Gwen Dye, is from Midland City and attends Northview High School.
  • Nicholas Burke Forti: U.S. Naval Academy. Nicholas, son of John and Brenda Forti, is from Daleville and attends Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. 
  • Cory James Philpott: U.S. Air Force Academy. Cory, son of Karen Sue and Luke Francis Philpott, is from Andalusia and attends Straughn High School. 
  •  William Watson Thomas: U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. William, son of Peyton and Jane Thomas, is from Midland City and attends Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia. 
  • William Patrick Vincent: U.S. Naval Academy. William, son of Vincent and Leigh Vincent, is from Dothan and attends Houston Academy. 
  • Han David Zhang: U.S. Air Force Academy. Han, son of Ti and Cari Zhang, is from Dothan and attends Northview High School. 

Congratulations to each of these students on this significant achievement. If you or someone you know is interested in seeking a nomination to a service academy, please visit my website at www.Roby.House.gov to learn more. The deadline for submitting a 2017 application is Friday, November 4.