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Amarillo Student Appointed To Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Armed Services Committee, announced Thursday that John Mendez of Amarillo has received a prestigious appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy.

"Young people who attend a service academy represent the future leaders of America's military and the force that will preserve our freedom and democracy for generations," Sen. Cornyn said. "These Texas students have answered a challenging and honorable call to ensure we remain steadfast against terrorism and other threats."

Mendez attended Caprock High School. To attend a military service academy, an applicant must meet requirements specified by law and be qualified academically, physically and medically. Sen. Cornyn's Academy Board reviews the applications extensively before nominating candidates.

The service academies include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. 

"As the son of a World War II veteran, it is a high honor to nominate young people for these competitive and prominent positions," Sen. Cornyn added. "The students who receive these appointments are among the finest Texas has to offer and will provide a great service to our nation."

Each service academy has unique application requirements and students are encouraged to contact the admissions office at the academy of their choice for more information.

Students interested in requesting an academy nomination should contact Sen. Cornyn's Austin office at 512-469-6034 or visit Sen. Cornyn's Web site at

Sen. Cornyn serves on the Armed Services, Judiciary and Budget Committees. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Border Security and Refugees subcommittee and the Armed Services Committee's Airland subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.

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