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Dear Friend,

Last year, I nominated a young man from Nebraska to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. An Army representative attended his graduation awards night and presented his appointment. The young man shook his hand and began to walk off the stage. The Army officer commandingly said, “Cadet, you have not been dismissed!” The young man froze in his tracks. The entire audience began to laugh and gave him a standing ovation. It was one of those moments where the community had reason to celebrate – and the young man got a dose of what was to come in his military service. 

One of the most moving parts of my job is appointing young men and women to the military academies, helping the next generation to step up in service for our country. These institutions train students to excel in academics and military affairs. They seek well-rounded individuals with the highest levels of academic achievement as well as a demonstrated record of commitment to athletics, student activities, and civic organizations. Other young people throughout Nebraska will take advantage of other excellent opportunities to enlist or join officer training programs in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard, as well as Reserve and National Guard forces. 

In collaboration with the offices of U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, my office is hosting the "2015 Academy and Military Information Day" on Saturday, March 28, at Lincoln East High School. The program will feature military and service academy representatives, beginning at 10:00 am. I invite you to join us and to forward this invitation to someone who may be interested.

There’s another exciting opportunity for high school students who are interested in the arts. In the hallways of the Capitol, artwork from young people around America is displayed on the walls. One particular image stands out: an older couple with weathered faces who have worked hard, loved one another, and exude the beautiful gift of life. A high school student from Bancroft created this moving image.

My office is again hosting Nebraska’s First Congressional District Art Competition. The nationwide Congressional Art Competition began in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and serves as an opportunity for Members of Congress to showcase the artistic talents of high school students from their districts. Winning entries from across the country are displayed in the Capitol complex for one year, allowing visitors to see the work of talented young persons.

More information on these opportunities can be found below. 

Academy and Military Information Day:

The “2015 Academy and Military Information Day” will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm at Lincoln East High School, located at 1000 South 70th Street in Lincoln. The program begins at 10:00 am, and military representatives will be available before and after the program. More information on the academy nomination process can be found at http://fortenberry.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations. If you have additional questions, please contact Jeanne Walker on my staff at (402) 438-1598. 

Art Competition:

Art Competition entries can be submitted to my Lincoln office and are due by April 15, 2015. I encourage you to contact the office prior to bringing the artwork to assure that staff is available to take your submission. If you wish to mail your submission, please send your artwork to my office in Lincoln. More information on the competition can be found at http://fortenberry.house.gov/services/art-competition. If you have additional questions, please contact Marie Woodhead on my staff at (402) 438-1598.


Congressman Jeff Fortenberry 

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Washington, DC Office
1514 Longworth HOB
Washington,D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4806
Fax: (202) 225-5686
Lincoln Office
301 South 13th Street, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 438-1598
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Suite 101
Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone: (402) 379-2064
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Fremont, NE 68026
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