Cramer announces 2019 Military Academy nominees


U.S. Senator and Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced on Veterans Day his nominees to be appointed to the U.S. military academies: Peter Wang of Devils Lake for the U.S. Military Academy, Jameson Brodeur of Minot for the U.S. Naval Academy, and Ashley Arbegast of Minot for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“As we spend today honoring those who answered the call to serve, we also look to the next generation of leaders. North Dakota’s military communities and military families are the backbone of our culture. Their excellence instills a fervor to step up and fight for our country,” said Senator Cramer. “I’m pleased to nominate Peter, Jameson, and Ashley. I thank them for their courage and leadership.”

The Nominees

Peter Wang – U.S. Military Academy

Peter Wang is a senior at Devils Lake High School. Wang participates in football, shooting sports, track and field, orchestra, and 4-H Club. His father was a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard. 

Jameson Brodeur – U.S. Naval Academy

Jameson Brodeur, originally from Minot, is a senior at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc, California. He serves as the President of the Future Business Leaders of America. Brodeur participates in football, wrestling, Student Government, National Honors Society, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His father is the Commander at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Senator Cramer nominated his sister, Jesse Brodeur, to the U.S. Naval Academy in 2014. 

Ashley Arbegast – U.S. Air Force Academy

Ashley Arbegast is a senior at Bishop Ryan High School. She serves as Student Council president and president of the National Honors Society. Arbegast participates in cheerleading, track and field, cross country, and Civil Air Patrol while pursuing a pilot’s license. Her father is the chief master sergeant at Minot Air Force Base.