An education at a military academy gives young men and women a unique opportunity to develop physically, ethically, and intellectually while building a valuable foundation for a rewarding career in and out of the military.
Recently several Williamson County residents were among recent the more than 2,000 graduates from United States Military Academies.
Graduates from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis will be on active duty for seven years. This year Vice President Richard B. Cheney was the guest speaker during the graduation ceremony. Local Naval Academy graduates include:
• Ensign Jeff Moody, the son of Rick and Nancy Moody, graduated from Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. His initial assignment and base location will be Navy pilot training in Pensacola, Fla.
• Second Lieutenant Matt Williams is the son of Mr. Ernie and the late Nancy Williams. He attended Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. As a Marine service crossover, Matt is headed to combat training at Quantico, Va.
• Ensign Matt Miller, the son of Archie and Midge Miller, attended Centennial High School, in Franklin. His initial assignment and base location will be Navy pilot training in Pensacola, Fla.
• Ensign James ‘Tommy’ Ragsdale, the son of Tom & Marsha Ragsdale, is a graduate of Father Ryan High School in Nashville. Tommy, a Marine crossover will begin training at Quantico, Virginia as his initial assignment, followed by Navy Flight training in Pensacola, Fla.
Two Williamson County residents were among graduates of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Each graduate was commissioned as an Air Force Second Lieutenant, and will go on active duty for at least five years — eight years if receiving pilot training. Williamson graduates include:
• Second Lieutenant Michael Lebovitz, the son of Paul and Ruth Lebovitz, of Franklin. Michael graduated from Franklin High School. He majored in Middle East Studies, and Arabic. Michael’s first posting will be Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, followed by pilot training at Whiting Field, Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.
• Second Lieutenant Tyler J. Nelson, the son of Craig and Terri Nelson. Tyler graduated from Centennial High School in Franklin. His major was Aeronautical Systems Engineering and his first assignment is at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, then he will go to Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas for pilot training.
President George W. Bush addressed West Point graduates during their ceremony. Local West Point graduates include:
• Second Lieutenant Patrick Morgan Simpson, the son of Frank and Margaret Simpson. Patrick attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. His new assignment is the Graduate Assistant and Head Wrestling Coach for the United States Military Academy Prep School, then Branched Infantry at Fort Benning, Ga.
• Second Lieutenant Giles Lincoln Evans is the son of Winston and Kaye Evans. He also attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. Giles has been cross-commissioned to the U.S. Air Force and is waiting assignment.