Congresswoman Castor and MacDill leadership host Academy Day

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  • By Airman 1st Class Zachary Foster
  • 6th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

For the first time in eight years, Academy Day was hosted at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 15.

Kathy Castor, the Congresswoman representing Florida’s 14th congressional district, served as the keynote speaker at the event where she discussed the value a new generation holds on the future of America.

“Thank you for your interest in service to your country,” said Castor. “America needs you. We need talented, smart, young people to serve our Nation to help bring us together and to help support the values that we all share.”

Academy day provided an opportunity for high school students to gather information on the different paths toward commissioning as an officer in the United States military.

“I'm looking forward to receiving more information on the Naval and Air Force Academy,” said Adrian Salazar, a candidate attending the event. “I want to study aeronautical engineering and the academics provide a great opportunity to do that.”

Included in the event were speakers from the Air Force Academy, United States Military Academy at West Point, Naval Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Coast Guard Academy, College Reserves Officer Training Corp and the Marion Military Academy.

Academy advisors attending the event recommend students start planning their applications before their senior year. Congressional recommendations are available for students annually but the selection process is rigorous.

Col. Adam Bingham, 6th Air Refueling Wing commander, summarized the event by recognizing the valuable education each academy graduate receives.

"U.S. Service Academies are renowned for molding students into the winners and leaders our nation needs,” said Bingham. “These candidates are eligible to receive world-class education and mentorship, ultimately making an incredible contribution to our armed forces."