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Representatives from the United States Air Force Academy discuss enrollment opportunities with 2012 Academy Day attendees at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., May 12. The program allows high school students the opportunity to meet with representatives from each of the service academies, including West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Brad Fallin)
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Dobbins hosts largest Academy Day

Posted 5/12/2012   Updated 5/14/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Senior Airman Spencer Gallien
94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs


5/12/2012 - DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- The 94th Airlift Wing hosted its largest Armed Forces Academy Day May 12, when more than 1,000 applicants, parents and grandparents met with elected officials integral to the application process for admission into a military service academy.

Last year, Georgia led the nation in the number of applicants attending the U.S. Air Force Academy.

"This event started 13 years ago and we had just a handful of attendees," said Sen. Johnny Isakson. "This time we have more than 1,000."

The goal of the program is to allow high school students the opportunity to meet with representatives from West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy.

Billy Boardman, who attended the event with his grandfather Billy Cook, is a 9th grader interested in the possibility of going to college at one of the service academies.
"I didn't realize there's more than just the big three academies out there (U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and West Point)," said Boardman.

He also stated that he enjoyed learning about the academies and gaining a broader perspective on what they offer.

During the event, members of the Georgia legislature, as well as representatives from each academy were given the opportunity to speak to applicants .
"I just experienced my freshman year in congress," said Rep. Rob Woodall, Georgia District 7. "However, I'm sure that's nothing compared to what you applicants will experience during your freshman year at your respective academies."

Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th AW commander, gave the opening and closing remarks during the Academy Day event, letting the applicants know how thankful he was for their interest in attending a service academy and the potential service they will perform for their country.

"America's Armed Forces are the best at what we do," said Tarchick. "I want to thank each applicant for coming to Dobbins today, to see what the service academies have to offer."

Isakson also expressed his gratitude toward the young men and women who are applying to attend some of the most rigorous college curriculums.

"We are so delighted for the men and women who are applying for acceptance into the different service academies," said Senator Isakson. "We are extremely proud that Georgia sent the largest number of applicants to the Air Force Academy last year and this year we're on track to continue that tradition."



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