Thursday, September 27, 2012
Christopher David Beasley, a 2011 Distinguished Graduate of Fort Dorchester High School and International Baccalaureate diploma recipient, accepted an appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy and was sworn in as a member of the Class of 2016 on June 29, 2012. He was sponsored by the Academy to attend Marion Military Institute in Alabama for one year prior to his Academy appointment.
The Air Force Academy is the youngest of the five U.S. service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Academy is among the most selective colleges in the United States. Forbes Magazine recently ranked the Academy the #2 public college in the United States and the #7 college overall in its "America's Best Colleges 2009" publication.
Admission to the Air Force Academy is highly competitive and fewer than 1,100 are offered appointments annually from a pool of over 12,000 applicants. Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and secure a nomination – which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate's home district. Beasley received a congressional nomination from Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) and a presidential nomination. While all tuition and expenses are covered by the Academy, cadets have a five-year active service requirement upon graduation.
The United States Air Force Academy educates, trains and inspires the nation’s best and brightest students to become officers of character motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. The Academy emphasizes character building, military discipline, physical fitness and academic excellence. An Academy education builds valuable leadership skills in all areas.
Beasley is the son of Lt. Col. (Ret.) David and Michele Beasley and the brother of Lauren Beasley. He is the grandson of the late Lt. Col. Everett Lyn and Dorothy Gail Beasley and The Honorable Ben T. DeBerry and Mary Cobb, both of Columbia, South Carolina.