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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: US Rep. Mary Sattler Peltola Announces 2024 Military Service Academy Nominations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: US Rep. Mary Sattler Peltola Announces 2024 Military Service Academy Nominations

February 9, 2024

Sam Erickson
Communications Director

Washington, D.C.— Today Alaska Representative Mary Sattler Peltola congratulated Alaska students who have received military service academy nominations from her office. Each year students may apply for a nomination for an appointment through their state’s congressional delegation.

“As a mother of two sons serving in the armed forces, I am so pleased to see Alaska students striving to serve their country through the various branches of our military,” said Rep. Peltola. “Our armed forces play an important role in our state and educating and training Alaskans who could one day be leaders in Arctic national security is vital. I wish them all the best of luck as they seek an appointment to the Class of 2028.”

Nominees are as follows:

U.S. Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

·         Olivia Somers – Soldotna

·         Allie Kate Alexie - Bethel

·         Zachary Buckbee – Soldotna

·         Malia Johanna Iloilo – Anchorage

·         Kaylee Jenish - JBER

·         Roth Powers – Anchorage

·         Kayla Graney – USAF Prep

·         Owen Branch – Anchorage

·         Killian Forgarty – Wasilla

·         Quarton McLeese– Anchorage


U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD

·         Grady Eule – Eagle River

·         Joseph Roy Hampton – Anchorage

·         Jeremiah Honsaker – Anchorage

·         Xander McEwen – Anchorage

·         Patrick Omey – Anchorage

·         Atigun Pensley – Sitka

·         Colton Savala – Wasilla

·         Isadora Lin Micheal – Ketchikan

·         Paige Berthold – JBER

·         Natalia Avalos – Anchorage


U.S. Military Academy – West Point, NY

·         Alexander Gilley – Ketchikan

·         Everett Whitson – Anchorage

·         Grady Eule – Eagle River

·         Nicholas Aaron Lopez – Soldotna

·         Isadora Michael – Ketchikan

·         Joseph Hampton - Anchorage

·         Jeremiah Honsaker – Anchorage

·         Colton Savala – Wasilla

·         Roth Powers – Anchorage

·         Patrick Omey - Anchorage



U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, NY

·         Trevor Owen Dash – Ketchikan

·         Alexander Gilley -- Ketchikan

·         Jeremiah Hornsaker -- Anchorage

·         Xander McEwen -- Anchorage

·         Colton Savala -- Wasilla

While the President of the United States officially makes all appointments to the United States service academies, each member of Congress is allotted a limited number of nominations, which they may submit for consideration of an appointment at each academy. 

Members of the Alaska congressional delegation work closely with one another to maximize the opportunities for Alaska men and women to receive nominations to the academies. The nominations allow the applicants to compete for appointments to the academies. 

For more information on the nomination process for the next class, please visit