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Sen. Dick Durbin nominates Elmhurst residents for service academies

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 4:57 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, nominated two Elmhurst residents to attend the nation’s service academies Tuesday.

John F. Toohey was nominated for the one vacancy at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Thomas F. Guinan was nominated for the one vacancy at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Durbin also nominated young men and women to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

Everyone who wishes to attend a service academy must secure a nomination from one of a few sources, including a U.S. senator.  Prospective students at the service academies must apply for a nomination and demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and good moral character.

U.S. senators are allowed a maximum of five appointees at a given service academy at any time – except for the Merchant Marine Academy, which is based on a state quota.  Senator Durbin is allowed to nominate 10 candidates for each vacancy and does so by selecting nominees for admission on a competitive basis.  The service academies will each choose one nominee for each vacancy and offer him or her an appointment.

The nominees were chosen by Durbin’s Service Academy Selection Committee, a nonpartisan board that meets annually in December to review applicants.

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