Press Release

Gillibrand Announces 2024 Service Academy Nominations From Central New York

Feb 13, 2024

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, announced her nominations for candidates from Central New York to two of the nation’s service academies: the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“These fine young leaders represent the best and brightest of New York, and I am hopeful that they will go on to be truly exceptional military leaders,” said Senator Gillibrand. “They have demonstrated truly outstanding qualities of leadership and integrity as students, athletes, and community members. I am pleased to offer my congratulations to each of my nominees this year.”

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.

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. This year, Senator Gillibrand nominated two candidates from Central New York to the service academies.

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

·         Donald J. Snyder (Utica, Oneida Co.) – U.S. Naval Academy

·         Jonah F. Williams (Skaneateles, Onondaga Co.) – U.S. Air Force Academy