Congressman Timothy H. Bishop officially authorized the nomination of Theresa Nelson, Eastport/South Manor CSD and Daniel Klemfuss, Shoreham-Wading River CSD for appointment into the United States Air Force Academy at a ceremony that took place at Fischer Hewins VFW Post 6249 in Rocky Point. Theresa and Daniel are second-year students enrolled in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Aviation/Professional Pilot Training program at the Suffolk Aviation Academy (SAA).
Mr. Lou Ballester, ESBOCES Professional Pilot Training teacher said, "I am very proud of Theresa and Daniel. This is the result of hard work and dedication. The flying portion was instrumental to the extracurricular aspect of their appointment and contributed to their getting the congressional nomination."
Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, leadership, athletics, and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and secure a nomination, which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate's home district.
The Academy's stated mission is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation."