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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cole Announces Confirmed Military Academy Nominees from Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District

June 16, 2017
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following announcement of the nine confirmed military academy nominees from the Fourth District of Oklahoma. The military service academies that require a congressional nomination are the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy.
The nomination process is highly competitive. Applicants are evaluated for academic performance and standing, including class rank, SAT/ACT scores and school records. Other criteria considered for nomination, by Cole and the recommendation panel, includes athletics, physical fitness, extracurricular activities, recommendations and leadership potential. Upon congressional nomination, students become eligible for appointment consideration at the service academy (or academies) to which they have applied.  
“It is a privilege to nominate exceptional students to our nation’s prestigious military academies each year," said Cole. "I am very proud of the students that have accepted their appointments to a service academy, and will go on to attend some of the best academic institutions in the country. The young men and women from this district are consistently the best and brightest in the nation. Their ability to succeed at anything in life and opting for a career of service to their country speaks to their character. They could choose to do anything they wanted, yet they have elected to serve their country and a cause greater than themselves. They are outstanding leaders in their communities, and I am confident that they will represent Oklahoma with honor and integrity throughout their military service.”
Students that have received a congressional nomination from the Fourth District of Oklahoma and have accepted an appointment are:
Curtis James Baker – United States Military Academy
Washington High School
Todd Beau Guffey  - United States Military Academy 
Tuttle High School
Lauren Hallie Hembree – United States Military Academy 
Norman North High School
Luke Estes Sturtz – United States Merchant Marine Academy 
Community Christian School
MaKenzie Brooke Mabry – United States Air Force Academy
Bridge Creek High School
Jennifer Marie Gallaher - United States Air Force Academy
Norman High School
Tanner Glen Johnson - United States Air Force Academy
Tuttle High School
Michael Jacob Greisman - United States Air Force Academy
Plainview High School  
Tyler Gregory Cox – United States Naval Academy
 Blanchard High School
Pictured L to R: Luke Sturtz, Tyler Cox, Tanner Johnson, Jennifer Gallaher and Michael Griesman. (Not pictured MaKenzie Mabry, Hallie Hembree, Beau Guffey and Curtis Barker)


Contact: Teresa Davis (202) 225-6165