FWRR Junior Colton Eads has been twice nominated for acceptance to the United States Naval Academy Class of 2026 by Indiana District 3 Congressman Jim Banks and Indiana Senator Mike Braun.
Admission to a Service Academy is a two-tiered process. First, the applicant must directly apply to an academy and meet the minimum medical, physical, and academic qualifications. Then, the applicant must be nominated by a Congressman or Senator. Colton has received nominations from both Congressman Banks and Indiana Senator Braun. In June he attended a virtual visit to the Academy (normally an actual visit, but changed to virtual by COVID) and in October he was invited to and attended an in-person candidate visit to Annapolis, Maryland.
Colton is a member of the Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver Junior Rifle Team. He attended the FWRR 2021 High Power Clinic and began shooting with the group in the spring of 2021. By the end of the summer he had achieved the NRA Classification of Master. He has contacted the coach of the USNA Service Rifle and Pistol Team to investigate the possibility of continuing his High Power activities at the Academy. Colton’s two goals are to be commissioned as a Marine Corps Officer and to study Naval Architecture, possibly in the areas of hull design or propulsion.
But, should the appointment to Annapolis not come to be, Colton has a Plan B – an application to Texas A&M and pursuit of a commission through the Texas A&M ROTC Corps of Cadets. Then, there is also Plan C – Virginia Tech and their ROTC Corps of Cadets.
We wish Colton well as he pursues his options.
Oh, by the way – check out the logo on Colton’s rifle