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The Hill Report 
A Weekly Newsletter From Congressman Pete Sessions 
Week of November 24 – 28, 2014 

Today I join my fellow Americans in giving thanks for the many blessings that we enjoy in our great nation. Each year I am honored to highlight military heroes from the 32nd Congressional District of Texas who have valiantly served our nation and have made selfless sacrifices for the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. During this season of thanks I would like to remember our brave men and women in uniform and their families and thank them for their invaluable contribution to our nation.

1Lt. James McCarthy, USA
James is a 2007 graduate of Berkner High School in Richardson, TX.  After graduating from West Point in 2011, he remained at the Academy as a Graduate Assistant for the Army Sprint Football Team. He was then stationed at Fort Sill, OK, with the 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment where he graduated from Basic Officer Leadership Course in April 2012. He then joined the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC, where he graduated from Airborne School.  James currently serves as the Fire Direction Officer for Battery A, 2nd Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.  In July of 2015 he will return to Fort Sill to attend the Captain Career Course in Fort Sill, OK.

1Lt. James McCarthy

Captain Mike Koepke, USAF
Mike is a 2004 graduate of Richardson High School in Richardson, TX.  He attended the Air Force Academy Prep School before graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2009. He then became an intelligence officer stationed at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, where he served for the last four years. 

Captain Mike Koepke with his wife Liliana Koepke

Mike completed his deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in June of this year where he was the officer in charge of the Technical Exploitation Cell.  Last November he married Liliana Urrego, who is a 2011 Air Force Academy graduate.  Mike is currently stationed at Eglin Air Force Base where he cross-trained into acquisitions and now works in the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) program office.  

LT John Cavenaugh, USN
John is a 2004 graduate from Coppell High School who graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering Systems in 2008. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and spent his first two and a half years attending flight school in Pensacola, FL, and Corpus Christi, TX. Upon completing flight school he was stationed in Norfolk, VA, where he spent the next four years flying the MH-60S Knighthawk.

LT John Cavenaugh returning from deployment last April

In July of 2013 he was deployed to the Middle East for nine months aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as a part of Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3). During this time, John served as an aircraft commander for missions such as Search and Rescue, Logistical Support, VIP Passenger Transfers, and Maritime Strike missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Currently, he is a Lieutenant in the Navy stationed in Austin, TX, as a Naval Officer Recruiter and Division Officer. John has recently been accepted as a student into the Class of 2017 Evening MBA Program at the University of Texas.

Academy Interviews 
Last Saturday I held my annual Service Academy Interview Event where 26 candidates were interviewed by my Academy Selection Board for nominations to four of the five of our nation’s military academies. This is one of the most important responsibilities that I have as a Member of Congress as well as one of my favorites.  As I am every year, this year I was honored to meet with these young men and women to nominate them to our nation’s Service Academies.  

Each candidate was interviewed by the Academy Selection Board, which is chaired by Chad Hennings, for the opportunity to receive a nomination to the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy or the United States Naval Academy. If you are interested in learning more about our nation’s Service Academies and the nomination process please visit my website or contact Jennifer Lang in my District Office at 972.392.0505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Have a happy Thanksgiving.


Pete Sessions
Member of Congress