WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Air Force Academy has extended an offer of appointment to Tyler Barnett, a senior at Vinton County High School. Brown nominated the McArthur resident for the Air Force Academy.
“Ohio schools are training young men and women who will be the next generation of military leaders. I am proud that Tyler has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions,” said Brown. “Tyler’s family and community should be proud of this dynamic young man, who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation.”
Tyler is a senior at Vinton County High School where he plays basketball and golf. Tyler has volunteered with the Vinton County Youth Basketball League for five years as an assistant coach and referee, and now serves as the Assistant Director and site manager.
Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The Academy’s Admissions Board ultimately decides who receives an appointment.
The nominations are based on the recommendation of a Service Academy Selection Advisory Committee, assembled by Brown. This committee – comprised of former academy graduates, active service members, veterans, parents of academy attendees, and community leaders from throughout the state – conducted rigorous interviews before selecting the final candidates.