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Military Service Academy Day set for Georgia students

Event largest of its kind; draws families from across Georgia

POSTED: March 18, 2017 9:09 a.m.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., recently announced that his annual statewide U.S. Military Service Academy Day will take place April 29 at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta in coordination with the Georgia congressional delegation.

It is the largest event of its kind in the country and typically draws hundreds of students and families from across the state of Georgia, according to a press release.

Military Service Academy Day is designed to provide students with information about attending the nation’s five military service academies, including the application, nomination and appointment processes.

The event is open to students in grades eight through 12 and their parents. Parents and attendees must register due to security restrictions at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, but there is no cost to attend.

“I am pleased to again offer this opportunity for Georgia students and their families to learn about the nomination process to attend our nation’s military service academies,” said Isakson. “Attendees will hear directly from high ranking representatives from each academy as well as some of the students from here in Georgia who have been previously appointed to attend the academies.”

Along with Isakson, U.S. Senator David Perdue, R-Ga., and U.S. Representatives Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga.-11, and Rob Woodall, R-Ga.-7, are scheduled to participate in the event.

Representatives from all five academies – the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy – will deliver presentations regarding their requirements and expectations for admittance.

The Lassiter-Pope-Kell Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JR ROTC) Armed Exhibition Drill Team will perform at the beginning of the program, a local highlight at Military Academy Day.

Due to Dobbins’ security restrictions, anyone planning to attend must make reservations no later than 5 p.m. April 17 through Isakson’s website at https://www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/service-academies. Photo identification will be required at the main entrance gate for admittance. 

The event begins at 10 a.m., but guests may arrive as early as 9 a.m. in order to avoid congestion at the entrance gate and visit information tables.

For more information, contact Isakson’s academy director Nancy Brooks at 770-661-0741.

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