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Amodei thanks service academy selection committee

November 29, 2011
Press Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Contact: Brian Baluta (202) 225-6155

November 29, 2011

RENO -- Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today recognized the members of his Service Academy Selection Committee, who interviewed 38 potential service academy students for Congressional nominations on Saturday, November 19.

"This is an impressive group of individuals who have all honorably served their country," said Amodei, who was an Army JAG officer. "I thank them for their service and I'm grateful that they agreed to be a part of this inspiring process of nominating young people for application to our nation's service academies."

Applicants to all service academies, except the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, are required to obtain a nomination to the school. Nominations may be made by Senators, Representatives, the President, and the Vice President. The members of Amodei's Service Academy Selection Committee interview potential candidates from Nevada's 2nd Congressional District and advise the Congressman on his nominations.

Chief Master Sergeant Evelyn Anderson is a resident of Carson City. She serves as the Chief of Personnel, Manpower and Classification for the Nevada National Guard Human Resources Office. Chief Anderson joined the United States Air Force in March 1986 and transferred to the Nevada Air National Guard in December 1987. 

Lieutenant Colonel Caesar R. Garduno is a resident of Reno.  He currently serves as the commander of the 192nd Airlift Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard. Lt Colonel Garduno received his regular commission in the Air Force upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989.  He is a command pilot with more than 5,300 hours in the C-130H, KC-130H, C-130E, T-38, T-37, and T-41 aircraft.

Dr. Steve Hull is a resident of Reno.  He is the former Principal of Hug High School and McQueen High School.  Dr. Hull recently retired as chief communication director for the Reno School District. He is a former Reserve Navy Captain and taught at the US Naval Academy. His daughter graduated in the top five of her class at West Point and is currently an Army Major serving in South Korea.

Assemblyman Randy Kirner is a resident of Reno. He currently represents District 26 in the Nevada Legislature. Assemblyman Kirner served in the Army as an Infantry Officer from 1967 until 1972 and was a trained U.S. Army Ranger and Master Paratrooper. He served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 and was awarded a Bronze Star. 

Captain Tammy Sparkes is a resident of Virginia City Highlands. She currently serves as the Commander of the 150th Maintenance Company, Nevada Army National Guard. Captain Sparkes is a graduate of Gerlach High School. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she earned her commission through Officer’s Candidate School. Captain Sparkes deployed to Iraq in 2009 where she served as an operations officer.

Mr. Cliff Yeater is a resident of Stagecoach. He retired from the Marine Corps as a First Sergeant in 1991 after 27 years of service. Mr. Yeater's service included tours in Vietnam and Desert Shield.

For more information on service academy nominations, please contact Amodei's Reno office at 775-686-5760.

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