WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will host a U.S. Service Academy Open House for Iowa students interested in applying to, or learning more about service academies. Academy representatives from the nation’s five service academies will be available to answer questions on the application and nomination process.

Each year, Senator Ernst has the honor and responsibility of nominating Iowa students to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. However, she cannot nominate students to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, as a congressional nomination is not needed to apply.

“I am thrilled to provide the opportunity for Iowa students to visit with service academy representatives and learn more about serving our great nation and the process of applying to one of our nation’s finest institutions of higher learning,” said Senator Ernst. “I hope Iowans who are interested in attending a service academy and want to learn more will join me for my U.S. Service Academy Open House in Cedar Rapids on April 30th.”

This event is open to the public. Details are as follows: 

Monday, April 30, 2018

5:00 PM CT – 7:00 PM CT

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Beems Auditorium

450 5th Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA



U.S. Senator Joni Ernst

U.S. Air Force Academy Representative

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Representative

U.S. Military Academy Representative

U.S. Naval Academy Representative

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Representative

Members of the public interested in attending should RSVP to Brenda Safranski at Brenda_Safranski@ernst.senate.gov. Students who are unable to attend the event can learn more about the academy nomination process or apply by clicking here.

If you are a credentialed member of the media and plan to attend the event, please RSVP to press@ernst.senate.gov. At the end of the event, Senator Ernst will have a few minutes to speak with press.