Virtual Academy Day

Guest Presentation by Chad Hennings, USAFA Class of 1988

The 2020 North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum scheduled for April 4th at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth was cancelled due to COVID-19.  Instead, Congressman Burgess is pleased to host a “Virtual Academy Day” here on his website!  This informational forum will provide interested students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to learn more about our nation's service academies, requirements for admission and the selection process.  Students and their parents are strongly encouraged to view the individual presentations from Congressman Burgess, academy reps and graduates, congressional staff, ROTC branches and the Department of Defense Medical Exam Review Board (DODMERB). 

  • “The 5-Pointed Star – The U.S. Service Academies” video      

Academy Reps Panel

  • U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY: George Salerno, (LTC - US Army, Ret.), USMA Class of 1988, USMA Admissions Representative for North Texas

  • U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD: Damian Sanders (CDR - USNR), USNA Class of 1999, Deputy Area Coordinator, USNA Blue & Gold Officer

  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO: Christine Simpson (Lt Col - USAFR), USAFA Class of 2002, USAFA Admissions Liaison Officer

  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY: Buddy Finne, (LT - USNR) USMMA Class of 2009

Active Duty Military Panel

  • USMA: 2LT Dowon Park, US Army, USMA Class of 2019

  • USNA: CAPT Trey Gregory, US Marine Corps, USNA Class of 2013

  • USAFA: 1st Lt Reagan Fentress Burns, US Air Force, USAFA Class of 2017

  • USMMA: LTJG Chris Svatik, US Navy, USMMA Class of 2017


Congressional Nomination Process Review

  • 26th District Academy Board Overview: Tom Kim, Board Chair. (LCDR, USNR), USNA Class 0f 1991

  • Robin Vaughan, Deputy District Director, Office of Congressman Michael Burgess

  • Katy von Rosenberg, Central Texas Deputy Regional Director, Office of Senator John Cornyn

ROTC Programs/Scholarships Panel

  • Army ROTC: Eddie Smith (LTC - US Army, Ret.), Scholarship and Enrollment Officer, Texas Christian University Army ROTC

  • Navy ROTC: NCC Edward Gahl, USN, NROTC Coordinator, Navy Recruiting District Dallas

  • Air Force ROTC: 2d Lt Jennifer Hohenberger, USAF, Admissions Advisor, AFROTC Southwest Region

Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) Briefing: Larry Mullen, Deputy Chief, DODMERB