Press Release

Gillibrand Announces 2017 Service Academy Nominations

Jan 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations of candidates from New York City to the nation’s leading service institutions – the United States Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.

A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including: academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies.

“Our service academies train and mentor top tier officers who are committed to serving our country,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These talented New Yorkers have shown honor, dedication and unique skillsets that will make them great assets to our nation’s service academies and armed forces. I am always honored to nominate courageous men and women with the opportunity to live their dreams and serve in our country’s armed forces.”

The United States service academies offer a first class education as well as a chance for young people to serve our country upon graduation, as commissioned officers in the United States Armed Services.

Senator Gillibrand’s nominees are listed by their hometown and Academies: 


  • Justin Sells (Queens) – U.S. Military Academy
  • Justin DeoPaul (Queens) – U.S. Military Academy
  • Richard McKinney (Manhattan) – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Maria Palines (Brooklyn) – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Michael Lomask (Brooklyn) – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Xavier Vega (Bronx.) – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Warren Robinson (Bronx) – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • John Lomask (Brooklyn) – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy