2023 Military Service Academy Nominated — 32 young Alaskans included
JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today announced the names of 32 young Alaskans he has nominated for U.S. military service academies.
Senator Sullivan made his selection with the help of an Academy Review Board composed of eleven members from across Alaska, many of whom are Service Academy graduates. The Board reviewed the applications, interviewed each of the applicants, and made recommendations to the Senator.
“A highlight of my work is nominating young Alaskans to our country’s prestigious military academies. Applicants to the academy demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and a commitment to serving their community and country,” said Sen. Sullivan. “I want to give special credit to these students for finding ways to serve their communities and excelling through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in science and sports. I would also like to thank the dedicated members of the Audit Committee for volunteering countless hours of their own time to strengthen this process. We hope to receive more applications next year. I encourage all young Alaskans to look into the incredible opportunities these world-class institutions offer.”
Representative Mary Sattler Peltola congratulated the Alaskan students who had received nominations for the Military Service Academy from her office. Each year, students may apply for a nomination for appointment by their state’s congressional delegation.
“As a mother of two sons serving in the armed forces, I am delighted to see Alaskan students strive to serve their country through the various branches of our military,” said Rep. Peltola (D-Alaska). “Our armed forces play an important role in our state and the education and training of Alaskans who could one day be leaders in Arctic national security is critical. I wish them the best of luck in finding a date in the Class of 2027.”
The members of the Alaska Congressional delegation work closely together to maximize opportunities for Alaskan men and women to receive nominations for the academies. The nominations enable the applicants to apply for appointments to the academies. Dates are offered individually by the academies.
The nominees are as follows:
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colorado Springs, CO
1. Olivia Sommers–Soldotna**
2. Annabelle Hyun Ko Fairbanks**
3. Evan Sahlstrom-Palmer**
4. Clayton Johnson – Eagle River
5. Lukas Phifer – New Mexico (dependent on military)
6. Gatlin Nelson-Wasilla
7. Kayla Graney – Italy (out of state militarily dependent)
9. Jaeoni Amaker- Anchorage**
10. Chandler Kohntopp-Fairbanks
US NAVAL ACADEMY, Annapolis, MD
1. Samuel Baisden-Kenai
2. Preston Berthold –North Carolina** (dependant on military)
3. Lauren Sulte—Anchorage
4. Jaeoni Amaker – Anchorage**
5. Bridger Beck-Kenai**
6. Parker Buchanan – Virginia (dependant on military)
8. Chandler Kohntopp – Fairbanks**
9. Dustin Williamson – Anchorage**
10. Evan Sahlstrom-Palmer**
11. Trey Lineberry-Maryland (dependant on military)
US Military Academy, West Point, NY
1. Zachary Watts – Germany (dependent on military)
2. Luke Maddry – Wasilla
3. Annabelle Ko—Fairbanks**
4. Bridger Beck-Kenai**
5. Olivia Sommers—Soldotna**
US Merchant Navy Academy, Kings Point, NY
1. Evan Sahlstrom—Palmer**
2. Samuel Baisden—Kenai**
3. Preston Berthold – North Carolina** (Military Dependent)
4. Jaeoni Amaker – Anchorage**
5. Trey Lineberry – Maryland** (dependant on military)
While the President of the United States officially makes all appointments to the United States service academies, each member of Congress is allocated a limited number of nominations to submit for consideration of an appointment at each academy.
The members of the Alaska Congressional delegation work closely together to maximize opportunities for Alaskan men and women to receive nominations for the academies. The nominations enable the applicants to apply for appointments to the academies.