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Rep. Neal Holds Academy Day at Westover


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Congressman Richard E. Neal visited Westover Air Reserve Base today to deliver remarks and participate in the annual U.S. Military Service Academy Day.

The annual U.S. Military Service Academy Day is held for local high school students who are interested in pursuing a nomination to one of our country’s outstanding service academies.

Neal is also scheduled to announce service academy appointments for five students from western and central Massachusetts.

Each year Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating a limited number of young people from their congressional districts to four of the five service academies.

Nominations are required for all but the the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.

The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

Students must be well-rounded, demonstrate leadership, achieve high academic marks, and athletic excellence to meet the service academies high admission standards and the competition for appointment.