WASHINGTON – 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 on Friday, March 22 in Cedar Rapids. Academy representatives from the nation’s five service academies will be available to answer questions on the application and nomination process.

“Serving our nation is a tremendous honor and privilege,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “I’m excited every year to be able to provide young Iowans the chance to visit with our service academy representatives and to learn more about the great opportunity to apply. Our service academies are truly some of America’s finest institutions of higher learning and I hope Iowans who are interested will join me for this Open House in Cedar Rapids on March 22.”

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.

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

Friday, March 22, 2019

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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.