U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) hosted a send-off in San Antonio for more than 110 incoming cadets and midshipmen preparing to enter the country’s military service academies.
Included in the group were three recent graduates from Hood County who will be on their way to U.S. service academies.
Granbury High School seniors Chandler Chiappe and Peter Mueller, and Tolar High School senior and valedictorian Carly Knapp were honored by Cornyn at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio on Memorial Day.
Chiappe will be attending the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York; Mueller will be attending the Military Academy at West Point, New York; and Knapp will be attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Senator Cornyn was joined by Major General John F. Nichols who gave the keynote address.
Medal of Honor recipient Major General Patrick Brady also provided words of wisdom and encouragement to service academy appointees and their families from across Texas.
“Anybody who says that we don’t have any heroes anymore in America just doesn’t know where to look,” Cornyn said.
“These young men and women, just like General Brady was telling us, are going to be the hero leaders of tomorrow.”
Cornyn said the nomination of Texas students to the U.S. service academies is one of his greatest honors as a U.S. senator.