Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Happy Reunion for Rep. Smith and Captain Wilke

Apr 27, 2017
Press Release
11 years after Air Force Academy Nomination, New Braunfels Canyon Grad Reunites with Rep. Smith

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Captain Chase Wilke of the U.S. Air Force reunited with someone he had not seen in quite a while but could never forget. In 2006, while Wilke was a student at Canyon High School, Congressman Lamar Smith nominated him to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Wilke played football at the Academy in Colorado Springs and graduated near the top of his class, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has served in the Air Force since 2011. Wilke has completed multiple tours overseas serving in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. This week he visited Washington, D.C. to meet with Rep. Smith. Captain Wilke has decided to end his active duty military service and this fall will begin business school at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rep. Smith: “I have long maintained that nominating young men and women to service academies is one of the most enjoyable jobs I have. After nominating Chase 11 years ago, it is rewarding to witness his personal and professional achievements. I want to thank him for his patriotism and service to our country.”