GREENWICH, Conn. -- Students from New Fairfield and Greenwich, as well as students from other Connecticut towns and cities, have accepted offers of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
These students are as follows:
- George Henry Crist, Greenwich
- Alec Cole Opsal, New Fairfield
- Austin Aitro, Hamden
- Joseph James Duva, West Hartford
- Taylor Marie Howe,Torrington
- David Kaminski, Bristol
- Francesca Ivana-Rosa Kleine, Hamden
- John Alexander Jr. Kostal, Avon
- Mark Wojcik, Salem
Each year, members of Congress are able to nominate candidates for appointment to the U.S. service academies, including the Air Force Academy.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and U.S. Reps. John Larson (D-1), Joe Courtney (D-2), Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Jim Himes (D-4) and Elizabeth Esty (D-5) released the names of the students.
“These impressive students are stepping forward to serve our country, fight for our freedom, and protect our democracy,” said the legislators. “Nominating these young leaders to attend one of our nation’s service academies is a great privilege, and we are proud to support Connecticut’s best and brightest students as they embark on this path. These are smart, tough, dedicated men and women who are volunteering to risk and commit all. We are grateful to them and their families for their service.”
Graduates are commissioned as officers in the active or reserve components of the military and serve for a minimum of five years. The nominees were chosen by each Member’s Selection Committees, a nonpartisan board made up of service academy graduates and retired military personnel.