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Pyle named to military service academy nomination committee

Published on -11/17/2013, 10:22 AM

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Hays man appointed to selection committee

DODGE CITY -- Each year, members of Congress have the opportunity to nominate outstanding young men and women between the ages of 18 and 23 to apply for a limited number of positions at four of the nation's five military service academies.

Congressman Huelskamp assembled a selection committee to interview candidates seeking nominations. The interviews were Saturday in Dodge City.

"Each year, we have the pleasure of choosing Kansans to represent the Sunflower State in our military service academies across the country," Huelskamp said. "I believe the committee selected for this year will choose not only the best and brightest our state has to offer, but of any students in the nation.

"I want to thank each and every one of our committee members for their devotion and time. I also look forward to seeing the great selections that will take place."

Hays resident John Pyle is among the Kansas residents selected for the committee. Pyle is a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. He is the president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 939 in Hays and is employed by the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs.

He graduated from Fort Hays State University and is the chairman of the Ellis County Republican Party. He and his wife, Becky, have been married 42 years have two sons and four grandchildren.

Thomas County native Ron Highland, who now lives in Wabaunsee County, also was selected. Highland attended the Army Officer Candidate School and was a platoon leader in Korea when the Pueblo Naval ship was captured and was wounded during that tour of duty.

Serving in the Army Veterinary Corps was his second tour of military duty. He is serving in the Kansas House of Representatives for the 51st district.

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