Rep. Guthrie Discusses Service Academy Fair and Crisis Overseas

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Tonight in Western's Knicely Conference Center, Congressman Brett Guthrie and the office of Senator Rand Paul hosted a U.S. Service Academy information fair.

"People have to go through their member of Congress before they have the right to apply for admission to the school. And, so, what we try to do is bring people together, and explain the process," Congressman Brett Guthrie said.

The fair provided information to students and their parents regarding all five academies, as well as the nomination process. One student says he is considering applying after graduation.

"They just seem to offer the best amount of service and adventure that I could get from a college experience as well as military experience," Wilson Blakeman said.

His father said although it's a tough decision, he will support his son either way.

"You're turning your child loose. You're depending on everything you've taught them and trained them up to this point, for them to make good decisions, for them to make the right decisions, and to judge situations correctly," Jason Blakeman said.

Congressman Guthrie honors the students just for attending tonight's session.

"These young men and women are applying at a time when the world is kind of chaos," Guthrie said.

Much of that chaos is coming from the middle east, and Guthrie says he believes ISIS poses a threat right here at home.

"Oh, I absolutely think ISIS is a threat, and I think we have to address it. But, we don't need to just go over there and not have a set strategy on how to win," Guthrie said.

He believes that plan begins with the President.

"They're not hiding what they want to do. I think we need to be serious, we need to have a set strategy, and we need to debate this when we get back next week in Congress," Guthrie said.


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