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June Open House Events in Johnston and Council Bluffs

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Washington, Jun 4, 2013 | Chris Deaton (202-329-6169) | comments
The United States Military Academies are among the most competitive and distinguished undergraduate universities in the country. Those who are accepted are awarded a first-class education through a full four-year scholarship and graduate as commissioned officers in the United States Armed Services.

Iowa Congressman Tom Latham is inviting all high school students and their families to join him at one of his two upcoming Academy Day open houses taking place this month to learn more about the great opportunities available at one of the nation’s five service academies.

The open houses provide interested students and their families the chance to hear information firsthand from representatives of the military academies and ask questions about their programs and institutions, which offer some of the highest-quality educations and opportunities for development in the United States.

“The U.S. military academies are unparalleled in their combination of academics and integrity, and they consistently turn out some of our nation’s best young leaders and people of high character,” Congressman Latham said. “I invite any student or other eligible individual who is open to the challenges and rewards of attending an academy to come by one of my Academy Days, learn more, and apply.”

There are five military service academies: the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy (Navy/Marine Corps) in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy (Air Force) in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Coast Guard) in New London, Conn.; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Acceptance to each provides the student with an outstanding education and full four-year scholarships that cover all tuition, books, board and medical and dental care. Prospective students must receive congressional nominations (or in rare cases, nominations from the vice-president) to attend any of the academies except the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.

Congressman Latham’s Academy Days will be held on consecutive Saturdays, with one each in the eastern and western parts of Iowa’s new Third Congressional District:

Saturday, June 15, 2013
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
The Iowa National Guard
Gold Star Museum
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Johnston, Iowa
Saturday, June 22, 2013
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Iowa Western Community College
Reiver Room – Student Center
2700 College Road
Council Bluffs, Iowa

To RSVP or ask questions about either of the events, please contact Ben Hammes with Congressman Latham’s East Constituent Services office in Des Moines at 515-282-1909 or

Students who wish to attend a service academy as a freshman in 2014 must turn in their application to Congressman Latham’s office no later than October 1, 2013. Applications are available online at:

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