Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his congratulations to Ensign Kevin Alapati Farley on his recent graduation from the United States Naval Academy on May 24th, 2013. President Barack Obama offered the keynote speech to 1,047 graduates of the Class of 2013 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, as an estimated 30,000 witnessed the swearing-in of the U.S. military’s newest officers.
“It gives me great pleasure to share the remarkable accomplishment of Ensign Kevin Farley on his recent graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and commission as Ensign in the United States Navy,” Congressman Faleomavaega stated.
“Kevin excelled as a student, an athlete, and in several leadership roles during his four years at the Academy. In recognition of his academic achievement, he was named to the Commandant’s List as well as the Superintendent’s List in his freshman and sophomore years. During his senior year, he was a Squad Leader and a Plebe Summer Detailer (2nd Set) for the Class of 2016. Kevin also served as a Midshipman Lieutenant Junior Grade (2-Striper), a Company Platoon Commander (1st semester) and a Company Training Officer (2nd semester). His Senior Capstone Project was the design and build of a man-portable, carbon-fiber bridge system to be used by U.S. Special Forces in current operations around the world.”
“Kevin was also recruited to play varsity lacrosse at Navy and competed with the team from 2009-2013. As a member of the Navy Cycling Team from 2011-2013, Kevin was selected as team captain in his senior year and helped lead his team to become the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCC) Team Champions in 2013.”
“Ensign Kevin Farley is the son of Captain Randal D. Farley (Ret., USN) and Tania Huff Farley. He is the grandson of Adeline Pritchard (Huff) Jones and Buck Mathis Huff, and great-grandson of the late Lealaitafea Ronald Edward Pritchard Sr. of Leone and Mary Jewett Pritchard from the villages of Malaloa, Pago Pago, and Vaitogi.”
“A graduate of Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, Kevin received a Presidential Appointment to the Naval Academy in 2009. He also received a Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy and a full ROTC Scholarship to Iowa State, before deciding to attend the Naval Academy.”
“At Patrick Henry, Kevin competed two years on the varsity lacrosse team, and played a key role in leading the team to back-to-back playoff appearances and a combined 30-9 record. Voted team captain his senior year, he was also named Second-Team All-League, and was selected to play in the 2009 San Diego CIF Lacrosse All-Star Game. He was also recognized as Patrick Henry’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2009 and received the United States Marine Corps Most Outstanding Athlete Award.”
“In addition to lacrosse, Kevin also earned varsity letters in football (quarterback, 3 years), basketball (1 year), and played baseball during his freshman year. Outside of school activities, he was also involved in the community and served on a mission trip to Peru after his junior year in high school.”
“With his Navy Pilot service selection, Ensign Farley hopes to fly the F/A-18E ‘Super Hornet’ Strike Fighter. He will begin his courses at the Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida on August 9th, 2013.”
“I would like to congratulate Ensign Kevin Alapati Farley for his remarkable achievement and extend my deep gratitude to him for his dedication to serve and defend our nation as a pilot in the United States Navy. Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy requires intense focus and determination in order to meet the demands of such challenging coursework, both intellectually and physically. I am proud that Kevin not only met this challenge, but also excelled in his academics, athletics, and military leadership training over the past four years. I thank him for being a model of distinction to our young Samoans throughout the world,” Faleomavaega stated.
“I also would like to thank Kevin’s parents, Retired Captain Randal D. Farley and Mrs. Tania Huff Farley, and family members who have played a significant role during his journey to becoming an officer in the U.S. Navy. Ensign Farley has joined a long tradition of Samoans in the U.S. Armed Forces and his willingness to serve our country is admirable and deeply appreciated. I am confident that he will continue to be a shining example in his naval career and I pray for his continued success and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” the Congressman concluded.