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Congratulating Military Academy Graduates

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Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize some great Americans. I am here to congratulate and thank a dozen brave men and women who have committed their lives to serving our country.

Earlier this summer, 12 of my constituents and former constituents whom I am proud to have nominated for an appointment to our Nation's military academies have graduated.

It has been an incredible honor to meet these dedicated young people over the years and to support them in their pursuit of an education. Those who choose to spend their lives protecting and defending the United States are the bravest this great Nation has to offer.

Today, I would like to recognize each of the graduates whom I have previously nominated who completed their education at our Nation's military academies:

Robert Bendik of State College, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy;

Isaac Bengel of Erie, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy;

Darren Keglovits of Coudersport, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy;

Hannah Milliron of Duke Center, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy;

Alexandra Treglia of State College, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy;

Grayson Hill of North East, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy West Point;

Sarah Henderson of Indiana, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy West Point;

Sterling Pickett of Loganton, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy;

Bailey Ishler of State College, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy;

Emily Walbridge of Mill Hall, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy;

Karlee Xander of Corry, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy; and

Thomas King of Port Matilda, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

These brave men and women have bright futures ahead of them, Mr. Speaker; and as they begin their careers in our Nation's Armed Forces, I know their hard work, their dedication, and their commitment will serve them well.

I am incredibly grateful for their service, and I commend them for their bravery.

This next chapter in life will present many challenges, but also many opportunities, and I am confident that these young people will rise to the occasion.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank these individuals for their service, and I wish them the very best of luck.

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