WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced her nominations of candidates from the Hudson Valley to the nation’s leading service institutions – the United States Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.
A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including: academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies.
“Our service academies train and mentor top tier officers who are committed to serving our country,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These talented New Yorkers have shown honor, dedication and unique skillsets that will make them great assets to our nation’s service academies and armed forces. I am always honored to nominate courageous men and women with the opportunity to live their dreams and serve in our country’s armed forces.”
The United States service academies offer a first class education as well as a chance for young people to serve our country upon graduation, as commissioned officers in the United States Armed Services. This year, Senator Gillibrand nominated 50 candidates from New York to the service academies.
Senator Gillibrand’s nominees are listed by their hometown and Academies:
Philip Scarano IV (Wappingers Falls, Dutchess Co.) – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Nicholas Goebelbecker (Poughquag, Dutchess Co.) – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Ethan Martell (Verbank, Dutchess Co.) – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Leonard Bowen (Middletown, Orange Co.) – U.S. Air Force Academy
Patrick Saavedra (West Haverstraw, Rockland Co.) – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Kevin Moore (Shrub Oak, Westchester Co.) – U.S. Military Academy
Nicholas San Martin (Ossining, Westchester Co.) – U.S. Military Academy
Erin Glendon (Valhalla, Westchester Co.) – U.S. Military Academy
Michael Hiebert (Chappaqua, Westchester Co.) – U.S. Military Academy
Kelsey Baron (Peekskill, Westchester Co.) – U.S. Naval Academy
Connor Gates (Harrison, Westchester Co.) – U.S. Naval Academy
Richard O’Leary III (Croton Falls, Westchester Co.) – U.S. Naval Academy
Nicholas Gordon (Rye, Westchester Co.) – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy