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Upton Announces Second Appointment to Air Force Academy

Thomas Hurst of Schoolcraft High School offered appointment

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Washington, DC, Mar 21 | Lynn Turner / Nick Culp (269-385-0039 / 202-225-3761) | comments
​Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced today that Thomas Hurst, of Schoolcraft, Mich., has been accepted to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. Upton recommended Hurst for selection to the prestigious service academy and has personally congratulated him on the appointment. 

Hurst is the son of Edward and JoAnn Hurst. Hurst’s older sister, Chloe, is also attending the Air Force Academy. She was accepted following a nomination from the Congressman.  

“I am very pleased that Thomas will join his sister at the Air Force Academy,” Upton said. “Thomas has worked very hard. It’s an exhaustive selection process to go through in order to be accepted as a future cadet. The people of Southwest Michigan should be proud of Thomas, who has decided to serve his country.” 

Upton on Monday announced that Nathan James, of Saugatuck, had also been accepted to the Air Force Academy. 

“I encourage all local students who are interested in military service to contact my office,” Upton said. 

Upton nominates students to military service academies from Michigan’s Sixth District who have excelled in school and are interviewed by members of his Academy Advisory Board, which is made up of community leaders. The individual academies make the final decision on military appointments.

Students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to contact Upton’s St. Joseph/Benton Harbor District Office for further information at (269) 982-1986.
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