Tester Nominates 20 of Montana’s Best and Brightest Students to Prestigious Military Service Academies

Senator announces 2022 student nominees for Army, Navy, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he is nominating 20 Montana students to be admitted to the country’s four prestigious military service academies.

Tester selected these 20 students based on their academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and commitment to serving and leading in the United States military. To attend the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, or Merchant Marine Academies, a student must be nominated by a member of Congress.

“As Montana’s Senior Senator, it’s a great honor to nominate our state’s best and brightest to the country’s most prestigious military academies,” said Tester. “These students are among Montana’s most gifted young leaders, and I’m proud of their work ethic and dedication to serving their country and communities. I look forward to watching their continued success as they grow into the next generation of America’s military leadership.”

Senator Jon Tester’s 2022 Military Academy nominees:

Big Sky

  • Luke Kirchmayr – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy


  • Micah Andrews – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Kasey Meier – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy


  • Erica Brackett – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Casey Garrigan – U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Johan Sando – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Jess Wattenbarger – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


  • Analise Migliaccio – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Luke Maki – U.S. Air Force Academy


  • Dalton Sand – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Great Falls

  • Dawson Williams – U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Hannah Bingham – U.S. Naval Academy


  • Peyton Haddock – U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Colter Kirkland – U.S. Naval Academy


  • Michael King – U.S. Military Academy


  • Riley Plenninger – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Orion Thivierge – U.S. Naval Academy


  • Joshua Clark – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


  • Catherine Gasparakis – U.S. Military Academy


  • Cole Taylor – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy