Mosher accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

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By Carol A. Clark

Eric C. Mosher, a senior at Los Alamos High School, has been accepted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, M.D.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., nominated him for the appointment a few months ago while he was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am extremely proud of Eric,” Udall said in a news release. “He earned this honor by his commitment to service, his record of leadership and his obvious intelligence.”

Mosher is excited and proud of his appointment, he said. “I’ve wanted to be in the military since I was nine or 10,” Mosher said. “I don’t know why – I think it's just in my blood.”

Eric’s grandfather, David Mosher, is a military veteran.

“As a grandfather, I am very proud of Eric’s appointment to the Naval Academy,” he said. “And as a former Marine, I am especially proud that he’s focused on joining the Corps. Eric exudes the qualities that will make him an outstanding Marine Officer. He has the ‘right stuff’.”

Mosher is the son of John Mosher and Diana Esch-Mosher of Los Alamos. He expressed appreciation to his family for their support in his development.

Mosher’s father described the pride he feels in his son’s accomplishment.

“My door at work is plastered with Eric’s Congressional nomination and Academy acceptance letters,” he said. “I’m excited, proud, and of course worried as any parent would be, but Eric keeps contact with older Los Alamos friends already at the Naval Academy, so I feel confident he understands the responsibilities and rewards of his appointment. I’m especially proud of the great dedication Eric has shown these past few years in pursuing his goal, studying hard and exercising right.”

In addition to being accepted very early at USNA, Mosher found out just before Christmas that he also has received a prestigious four-year Marine Option ROTC Scholarship. Just 150 of these are awarded nationally with 75 decided in November and the other 75 in March.

“My father was a career naval officer and our entire family couldn’t be more proud to have Eric accepted to the distinguished Naval Academy,” Mosher’s mother said. “Eric has diligently pursued and achieved this goal through his dedication to NJROTC, his academic studies and his extracurricular activities. He has worked very hard for this honor.”

Following completion of his full four-year scholarship, Mosher will owe the Navy five years of service as an active duty officer. “My plan is to apply for the Marine Option and serve within the RECON Special Forces as a career for 20-25 years,” he said. “My backup plan is to join the Navy Seals.”

Following graduation, Mosher will head to Annapolis for his induction, which is set to take place June 27.

He expressed appreciation to his LAHS NJROTC instructors, LCDR Wes Shumaker USN (Ret.) and GySgt Bret Painter USMC (Ret.) for all their guidance during his high school career.

“With Eric’s outstanding qualifications, I fully expected him to be appointed,” Shumaker said. “He’s been in our program for four years and has conducted himself with distinction. He is our commanding officer this year and has also done exceptionally well academically. I’m very pleased for him.”

LAHS’s NJROTC program has risen in stature the last several years under Shumaker’s leadership. The program’s mission is to build in students a strong foundation for leadership, responsibility, and developing pride in ones self, the unit, and the community.

The local unit has won first place honors in academics, armed drill, unarmed drill, unit inspection and Tug–O–War this year. The cadets also earned several individual awards.

In October they competed in Roswell against 25 other schools and brought home five trophies and two medals.

The unit competed against 22 schools Nov. 13-18 in the Duke City Drill/Rifle Competition at Del Norte High School.

The local male Color Guard brought home the first place trophy overall and one cadet brought home a first place trophy in the individual drill down, in which he competed against some 100 other cadets.

Students who want to attend the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy or the Military Academy of West Point must be nominated by a member of Congress or the vice president of the United States.

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com, 662-4185 ext. 25 or visit her blog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.