Congressman Huelskamp Announces Military Service Academy Nomination Committee
DODGE CITY, KAN. – Each year Members of Congress have the opportunity to nominate outstanding young men and women between the ages of 18 and 23 to apply for a limited number of positions at four of the nation's five military service academies. Congressman Huelskamp assembled a selection committee to interview candidates seeking nominations. The interviews will take place in Dodge City on Saturday November 16th at Dodge City Community College.
“Each year we have the pleasure of choosing Kansans to represent the Sunflower State in our military service academies across the country. I believe the committee selected for this year will choose not only the best and brightest our state has to offer, but of any students in the nation. I want to thank each and every one of our committee members for their devotion and time. I also look forward to seeing the great selections that will take place,” commented Rep. Huelskamp.
Serving on the 2013 Selection Committee are (listed alphabetically, provided by committee members):
Lori Faerber, Salina
Mrs. Faerber is a resident of Salina, Kansas. She and her husband, Bill, have five children ranging in age from 8 to 22. Their son David graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 2012 and is pursuing a military career in Marine Aviation. Mrs. Faerber is the Infirmary Director at St. John’s Military School in Salina and is a United States Naval Academy Honorary Alumni member.
Ron Highland, Wabaunsee County
Dr. Ron Highland attended the Army Officer Candidate School, and was a platoon leader in Korea when the Pueblo Naval ship was captured and was wounded during that tour of duty. Serving in the Army Veterinary Corps was his second tour of military duty. Dr. Highland is a graduate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University, where he also received a PhD in Physiology/Pharmacology. After a career in pharmaceutical development, he retired from Bayer Animal Health. He grew up in Brewster in Thomas County, is married to Linda (Mayer) from Marysville, and now resides in rural Wabaunsee County outside of Wamego. He is currently serving in the Kansas House of Representatives, 51st District.
Michael Junk, Salina
Michael Junk graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1990 and served in the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program before returning to Salina to work in the family business. Mike is president of Crestwood Inc., a national manufacturer of wood and stone products. He and his wife, Katie, have five children.
Anthony Lyons, Dodge City
Anthony Lyons is in his twenty-sixth year at Dodge City Community College. More than twenty of those years have been in financial aid. Although he is currently the vice president of community and industry services, he had been the dean of students for more than twelve years. Anthony has had extensive training and practice in leadership. He served for thirty-seven years in the United States Army, Kansas Army National Guard, and United States Army Reserve. During those years he was commander of a field artillery battery of 100 plus personnel on three different occasions. One of those was in combat in Vietnam. He served as commander of a field artillery battalion of more than 500 personnel and as executive officer of a field artillery brigade of more than 6,000 personnel. In addition, he served as assistant chief of staff of a mechanized infantry division of more than 17,000 personnel. Anthony studied for two years at Hutchinson Community College. He completed a bachelor’s degree in education at Oklahoma Christian College and he completed a master’s degree in political science at Fort Hays State University. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS and of the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. Anthony has taught college level courses in history, political science, and leadership at four military colleges, one private four year college, and one community college. He served as the post commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1714 in Dodge City, KS from 2007 to 2010. Post 1714 is one of the largest VFW posts in the world.
William Nolan, Scott City
William H. Nolan III is a 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy. Born in Atlanta and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Bill graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 1975, prior to his admittance to West Point. After Bill's service in the Armor Branch of the United States Army, he moved to Scott City, Kansas in 1984 to pursue a career in farming. In 2000, Bill was named Master Farmer by Kansas State Research and Extension. Bill and his wife, Marian, have two sons.
Marian Nolan, Scott City
Marian Christy Nolan was admitted to West Point in 1978. She is a lover of Angus cattle, music, students, and gardening. Growing up and now residing in Scott County, Kansas with her husband, Bill, she actively participates in their farming operation, concentrating her efforts on the purebred Angus herd that her family began in 1928. Marian teaches private piano and accompanies vocal and band students from Scott Community High School. She has a Bachelor of Science in dual majors, mathematics and speech, from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
LTC Randall B Phillips, Garden City
LTC Randall B Phillips joined the US Air Force in September 1974 in Beckley, WV. He completed his obligation in 1978 and got out of the Air Force for 8 years. He returned to the Army Reserve in 1986. He completed Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Signal Corp in Feb of 1988. LTC Phillips has served in numerous positions over the years from platoon leader to deputy commander of an information operations battalion. He has served 2 tours in Iraq. He retired from the Army in 2012 with 24 years of active duty service and over 33 years with reserves. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal and 7 Meritorious Service Medals. He retired on 30 June 2012 from the US Army and started working for Garden City High School as the Senior JROTC Instructor on 1 July 2012. He has been married to a wonderful woman (Rebecca) for 32 years and has three children and four grandchildren. He is a graduate of Concord College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Computer Science.
John Pyle, Hays
Mr. Pyle is Navy veteran, having served in Vietnam. He is currently the president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 939 in Hays and is employed by the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs. He graduated from Fort Hays State University and is currently the chairman of the Ellis County Republican Party. He and his wife, Becky, have been married 42 years have two sons and four grandchildren.
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