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Black hosts sendoff for sixth district military service academy appointees

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Congressman Black with Dalton Emmert

Congressman Diane Black recently held a send-off lunch honoring her U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2020, including Lebanon High School's Kellie Beadle and Mt. Juliet High School's Dalton Emmert, both of whom will attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

"This year's U.S. Service Academy appointees represent Tennessee's best, and I am extremely proud of each of them. By applying and accepting this appointment, these young men and women have chosen to serve their country, protect our liberties and ensure that freedom is carried on for the next generation. I look forward to keeping in touch with these students and hope that, at some point in the future, they will come back home to our district and tell prospective academy students and parents about their experiences as a military academy graduate," a statement released by Black read.

Along with Beadle and Emmert, Black's U.S. Service Academy appointees for the class of 2020 include Josh Couch, Station Camp High School, West Point; Zach Norrod, Cookeville High School, Merchant Marine Academy; Maddie Fagan, Cookeville High School, Air Force Academy; Scotty Greer, Alvin C. York High School, Air Force Academy; and Steven Goodpaster, Station Camp High School, Air Force Academy.

Each year, members of Congress nominate a limited number of people to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with a commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Black is accepting applications for the class of 2021. To learn more, visit

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