Anderson going to West Point

Published 3:51 pm Friday, March 25, 2011

BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Major and Cadet Corps Commander Adam Anderson, second from left, who has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., gets together with his instructors. From the left, are Col. Dave Stewart, director of the Bainbridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC program, Cadet Major and Cadet Corps Commander Anderson, Senior Master Sgt. Frank Geslak and former Air Force Junior ROTC program director Col. Gary Breedlove.

Bainbridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Major and Cadet Corps Commander Adam Anderson has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

The offer of the appointment came March 3 during a telephone call from the office of U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop.

Anderson, son of April and Barry Bostwick, is an active member of the Bainbridge First Presbyterian Church youth group.

At Bainbridge High School, he is a member of the National Honor Society and the Bearcats golf team.

Current Bainbridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC program director Col. Dave Stewart and former program director and program founder Col. Gary Breedlove both had words of praise for Anderson.

“Adam Anderson is a great kid and a great cadet corps commander,” Col. Stewart said. “He will be leading our cadet corps during national competition Saturday, April 30, in Daytona Beach, Fla.”

Adam Anderson and Stephen Dunn, son of Steve and Melanie Dunn, who was Cadet Corps Commander during the first semester, were evaluated by the 2nd Congressional District Nominating Committee for their academy preference, said Breedlove, who was the Southwest Georgia liaison for West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

“Specifically, Adam requested and received nominations to West Point, the Air Force Academy and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Stephen requested and received nominations to West Point and the Air Force Academy.”

Cadet Corps Commander Anderson plans to major in civil engineering at West Point and become a U.S. Army helicopter pilot.

He thanked Col. Stewart, Col. Breedlove and Air Force Junior ROTC Senior Master Sgt. Frank Geslak for their dedication and support.

“Without the help and support of these men,” he said referring to his three Bainbridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC instructors, “I would probably not have had the chance to receive this West Point appointment,” he said. “They are all great men and leaders who I admire.

“I also greatly admire my great-grandfather, Woodrow Purvis of Macon, who served in the European Theater during World War II.”

Cadet Major and Cadet Corps Commander Anderson will report to West Point on June 27, one day before his 18th birthday.