Daines Announces 2017 Montana Student U.S. Military Academy Nominations

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his nominations of 22 Montana students who are applying for enrollment into U.S. military academies.

A congressional nomination is a critical step in the process for Montanans seeking admission to one of the nation’s four military academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

“It is an honor and a privilege to nominate some of Montana’s most capable and brightest young people to attend one of our nation’s military academies,” Daines said. “I am encouraged by their achievements, sense of duty, and commitment to continuing Montana’s legacy of service.”

Students interested in applying to a U.S. military academy submitted an extensive application that documents their academic, civic and athletic abilities, as well as their commitment to military service. An academy selection board assembled by Daines reviewed the applications and conducted interviews of the applicants. 

The following is a complete list of Daines’ 2017 academy nominations:

  • Alexa Arthun, Manhattan — Navy
  • Jimmy Baggett, Hamilton — Air Force
  • Claudia Downing, Helena — Navy, Merchant Marines, Army, Air Force 
  • Cody Dykstra, Manhattan — Navy
  • Breanna Frank, Sidney — Merchant Marines
  • Matthew Fritz, Missoula — Navy
  • Gabby Gerving, Montgomery — Air Force
  • William Gilmore, Ennis — Army
  • Riley Johnson, Stuttgart, Germany — Army, Navy
  • Gabe Jourdonnais, Missoula — Merchant Marines, Navy, Air Force
  • Sage Lindsay, Bozeman — Navy, Air Force
  • E. J. Manning, Bozeman — Army, Navy
  • Amanda Martin, Two Dot — Air Force, Army
  • Charlie Morledge-Hampton, Billings — Navy
  • Justin Ramey, Fortine — Air Force
  • Jackson Redmon, Bozeman — Army
  • Logan Reiman, Great Falls – Air Force
  • Taylor Sullivan, Helena — Army
  • Joshua Triplett, Billings — Army, Air Force
  • Madison Ward, Newport, RI — Navy
  • Alex Weisenburger, Forence — Air Force
  • Kourtney Zeiler, Florence — Army