|Date: May 7, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|WASHINGTON, D.C.—ARMED SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES FALEOMAVAEGA’S REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL MILITARY ACADEMY NOMINATIONS|
| Congressman Faleomavaega
announced today that the Armed Services Subcommittee on Total Force unanimously
voted in favor of his amendment to increase the number of military academy
appointments from American Samoa to the U.S. Military Academy, the United
States Naval Academy, and the United States Air Force Academy.
“If passed by the House and Senate, this means that American Samoa will be able to send two students to each service academy,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “Given that American Samoa has a population of over 57,000 people, a per capita income of less than $4,500 and almost 5,000 men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Services, I am pleased that we may be able to offer more students the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s prestigious military academies.”
“Academy appointments are now worth about $250,000 each and the education provided by the academies is the best in the world. At this time, I want to thank the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Congressman John McHugh, for his support of my amendment. Chairman McHugh and I serve together on the International Relations Committee and I am thankful that as a result of our work together he was able to support my request during today’s mark-up of the Defense Authorization bill.”
“The bill is now scheduled to be presented to the full Committee on Armed Services and will proceed fairly quickly to the House floor where I believe we will also have full support for this initiative. Once the authorization has passed the House, I am also looking forward to working with our friends in the Senate to make sure that this provision becomes a matter of law.”
“Once again, I thank Chairman McHugh, the Ranking Member and the Department of Defense for their support and assistance in increasing American Samoa’s academy nominations,” the Congressman concluded.
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