Sen. Ernst to host Service Academy open house

     U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced she will host two U.S. Service Academy Open Houses for Iowa students interested in applying to, or learning more about service academies. Academy representatives from the nation’s five service academies will be available to answer questions on the application and nomination process.

     Each student applying to a service academy must receive a nomination. In her capacity as a United States Senator, Senator Ernst has the opportunity to nominate Iowa students to the service academies.

     “U.S. Service Academy Open Houses give Iowa students the opportunity to learn more about serving our country while also receiving a full four-year scholarship from some of our nation’s finest institutions of higher learning,” said Senator Ernst. “Students will have the chance to talk with academy representatives and learn more about the process. I encourage our students who may be interested to join us on June 24 or Aug. 11 to hear more about these opportunities.”

     These events are open to the public. Details are as follows:

     • Saturday, June 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Cedar Rapids Public Library, Beems Auditorium, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

     • Friday, Aug. 11, 2-4 p.m., Camp Dodge Freedom Center, 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston

     Participants will include: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, U.S. Air Force Academy Representative, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Representative, U.S. Military Academy Representative, U.S. Naval Academy Representative, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy Representative

     Members of the public interested in attending should RSVP to Brenda Safranski at


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