WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today announced Clark Turner from Mobile has accepted his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Senator Tuberville nominated Clark as part of a group of students chosen to represent Alabama in the class of 2026 at one of the four service academies: the United States Air Force Academy, Military Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and Naval Academy.
Senator Tuberville released the following statement regarding this group of appointees:
“These exceptional young Alabamians’ desire to serve ensures America’s military remains the strongest fighting force in the world.” said Senator Tuberville. “Receiving an appointment to one of these military institutions is a great honor that requires a lot of hard work and sacrifice. I am proud of their determination to reach this point and know they will continue to make our state and country proud.”
Clark is the son of John and Eran Turner, and attends UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile.
“When I was young boy, around the age of 12, I watched the Blue Angels Airshow in Pensacola with my dad and my uncle. I fell in love with the tricks, sounds, and speed of the F/A18 Super Hornets and decided that when I grew up, I wanted to be the pilot of one of those planes,” said Clark. “I could think of no better way to begin my career after college than serving for the U.S. Military.”
Senator Tuberville had eleven nominees accept their appointments to a service academy. This is Senator Tuberville’s first group of U.S. service academy appointments since assuming office. U.S. service academies provide students wishing to serve our country’s military with the opportunity to serve while obtaining higher education. Service academy appointees go through an extensive process to receive a nomination. Applicants complete the required ACT and SAT exams, and provide letters of recommendation, a school transcript, along with the required application form. Upon graduation, students must commit to five years of active duty. More information on applying for a service academy nomination can be found here.
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.