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Waxhaw student receives appointments to West Point and Air Force

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce Jake Dean of Waxhaw has received a rare double-appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Mr. Dean is Battalion Commander at Camden Military Academy, president of the school’s STEM Club, and leads a program to tutor fellow cadets who are struggling academically.

“My parents have always said that ‘I am the company I keep,’ and ‘iron sharpens iron.’  When I attended West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience this summer, I finally understood what they meant.  It was incredible being immersed with other students who love to learn and desire to serve their country the way I do.  I want to be in the trenches with the most motivated and gifted students all striving for excellence, so I can have the best preparation to serve my country through a military career.”

Mr. Dean is the son of Christopher and Karen Dean.

“Jake has always dreamed of serving his country, and now he’ll face a tough choice between two outstanding service academies,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “We are grateful for Jake, and for every young man and woman like him who volunteers to risk their lives in defense of our freedom and way of life.

Mr. Dean is one of fourteen local students to receive prestigious U.S. Service Academy appointments for the 2016-2017 school year, and will only be allowed to accept one of his two appointments.

Congressman Pittenger will host two “Service Academy Days” later this spring in Charlotte and Fayetteville to give local students the opportunity to learn about the rigorous nomination process.  Call704-362-1060 for details.