Minnesota high school student David Howe chose to aim high when he applied to all five U.S. military service academies.
It paid off.
Howe, a 2017 Red Wing High School graduate, gained acceptance into each academy — the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy – West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
"Everybody we've talked to said they've never heard of that before," said John Howe, David's father. "It's extremely difficult to get into one."
Applicants must be interviewed and nominated by a senator or representative as part of the admission process.
"He has just demonstrated really good leadership ability, and he's always willing to help other kids that either need help with schooling or just help in general," John Howe said.
David was a three-sport athlete who was consistently one of the top students in his class, John Howe said.
"He graduated with a 4.0 GPA for his high school career," he said. "We've known David has been a special kid."
After careful consideration, David Howe will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, where he will report for duty on June 29.
After college, David will enter the Air Force with the rank of second lieutenant, and will be required to serve a minimum 10-year term of active duty.
His goal, he said, is to eventually become a pilot.
"I'm excited for all of the opportunities," David Howe said.
Red Wing High School Principal Todd Herber said he expects David's academic and athletic background to carry him toward future military success.
"David is one of those quality kids you hope to run into as many times as you can in your career," Herber said.
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Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, 42, who was removed from his post by the commanding general of 1st Marine Division on May 7, has since been reassigned to the command element of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and a decision on whether he will be charged is "still pending," MEF spokeswoman 1st Lt. Virginia Burger told Task & Purpose last week.
"We are not aware of any ongoing or additional investigations of Lt. Col. Zavala at this time," MEF spokesman 2nd Lt. Brian Tuthill told Task & Purpose on Monday. "The command investigation was closed May 14 and the alleged misconduct concerns Articles 128 and 133 of the UCMJ," Tuthill added, mentioning offenses under military law that deal with assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.
"There is a period of due process afforded the accused and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty," he said.
When asked for an explanation for the delay, MEF officials directed Task & Purpose to contact 1st Marine Division officials, who did not respond before deadline.
The investigation of Zavala, completed on May 3 and released to Task & Purpose in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that he had allegedly acted inappropriately. The report also confirmed some details of his wife's account of alleged domestic violence that Task & Purpose first reported last month.