Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today her nominations of New Yorkers to the nation’s leading service institutions – 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 are distinguished by a devotion to honor, courage and commitment,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am honored to nominate these young, talented New Yorkers who exemplify these core values. It is my hope that the accomplished nominees have the chance to live their dreams and serve in our country’s armed forces with distinction.”
Senator Gillibrand’s nominees are listed by their hometown and Academies:
New York City
Briana Comuniello (Prince’s Bay, Staten Island) United States Military Academy at West Point
Fumiya Dachos-DuFresne (Kips Bay, Manhattan) United States Naval Academy
Christopher Deddo (Prince’s Bay, Staten Island) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Grace Dickman (Maspeth, Queens) United States Military Academy at West Point
Anderson Estrella (Fordham, Bronx) United States Naval Academy
Yaroslav Khanas (Rockaway Beach, Queens) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Yennifer Posada (Flushing, Queens) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Anthony Reina (Great Kills, Staten Island) United States Naval Academy