From left to right: Connor Miltenberger, Benjamin Rodriguez, Congressman Mike Turner, Kate Drabenstott

DAYTON, OHIO – Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, recognized students in Ohio’s 10th Congressional District who have received an appointment to United States Service Academies.

“It is my distinct honor to recognize incredible students from our community who have answered the call to serve,” said Congressman Mike Turner. “Nothing is more honorable and noble than those who will step forward to serve their country. These students are the best of the Miami Valley, and they deserve our gratitude.”


For a student to be considered for a military academy appointment, he or she must be recommended by an authorized nominating source. This could include the President, the Vice President, a Member of the Senate, or a Member of the House of Representatives.

Receiving a nomination is only the first step in the process of receiving an offer of an appointment to a U.S. military service academy.

In addition to the nomination, students must qualify academically and are subject to character, leadership, physical fitness, medical fitness, and motivation evaluations. Only after passing each of these evaluations are students offered an appointment to the service academies.

The following list of students will be attending the U.S. service academies next year:

Pictured above:

  • Kate Drabenstott attending the United States Military Academy (Centerville, OH)
  • Connor Miltenberger attending the United States Naval Academy (Centerville, OH)
  • Benjamin Rodriguez attending the Northwestern Preparatory School on a USAFA Falcon Scholarship (Beavercreek, OH)

These students received an appointment, but could not be present at today’s event:

  • Sophia Taylor attending the United States Air Force Academy (Dayton, OH)
  • Shaylynn Weeber attending the United States Air Force Academy (Miamisburg, OH)