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Upton Announces Appointment to Air Force Academy

Nathan James of Saugatuck Accepted as Cadet

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Washington, DC, March 17, 2014 | Lynn Turner / Nick Culp (269-385-0039 / 202-225-3761) | comments

Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced today that Nathan James, of Saugatuck, Mich., has been accepted to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. Upton recommended James for selection to the prestigious service academy and has personally congratulated him on the appointment.

James, the son of Douglas and Brittany James, is home schooled.

“I am very pleased to be able to announce Nathan’s appointment to the Air Force Academy,” Upton said. “Nathan has worked very hard and has gone through an exhaustive selection process to get accepted as a future cadet. He is among the best of young people coming from Southwest Michigan who are selected to serve their country.

“I am very proud of his accomplishment and encourage local students who are interested in military service to contact my office.”

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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