Farley graduates from Naval Academy
A young man with Samoan roots graduated from the United States Naval Academy last week. Ensign Kevin Alapati Farley was among the 1,047 members of the Class of 2013 who heard President Barack Obama offer the keynote speech at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. An estimated 30,000 witnessed the swearing-in of the U.S. military’s newest officers.
Ensign Farley is the son of Captain Randal D. Farley (Ret., USN) and Tania Huff Farley. He is the grandson of the late Adeline Pritchard (Huff) Jones and Buck Mathis Huff, and great-grandson of the late Lealaitafea Ronald Edward Pritchard Sr. of Leone and Mary Jewett Pritchard from the villages of Malaloa, Pago Pago, and Vaitogi.”
In a media release Cong. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin told Samoa News,“It gives me great pleasure to share the remarkable accomplishment of Ensign Kevin Farley on his recent graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and commission as Ensign in the United States Navy,” Faleomavaega stated.
Faleomavaega praised and congratulated Kevin saying he excelled as a student, an athlete, and in several leadership roles during his four years at the Academy. In recognition of his academic achievement, he was named to the Commandant’s List as well as the Superintendent’s List in his freshman and sophomore years. During his senior year, he was a Squad Leader and a Plebe Summer Detailer (2nd Set) for the Class of 2016. Kevin also served as a Midshipman Lieutenant Junior Grade (2-Striper), a Company Platoon Commander (1st semester) and a Company Training Officer (2nd semester). His Senior Capstone Project was the design and build of a man-portable, carbon-fiber bridge system to be used by U.S. Special Forces in current operations around the world.
“Kevin was also recruited to play varsity lacrosse at Navy and competed with the team from 2009-2010. As a member of the Navy Cycling Team from 2011-2013, Kevin was selected as team captain in his senior year and helped lead his team to become the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCC) Team Champions in 2013.”
According to the congressman, the Ensign is a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in San Diego where he was an outstanding athlete and very active in his community. He received a Presidential Appointment to the Naval Academy in 2009 and also a Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy and a full ROTC Scholarship to Iowa State, before deciding to attend the Naval Academy.
“With his Navy Pilot service selection, Ensign Farley hopes to fly the F/A-18E ‘Super Hornet’ Strike Fighter. He will begin his courses at the Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida on August 9th, 2013,” the congressman said.
“I would like to congratulate Ensign Kevin Alapati Farley for his remarkable achievement and extend my deep gratitude to him for his dedication to serve and defend our nation as a pilot in the United States Navy. Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy requires intense focus and determination in order to meet the demands of such challenging coursework, both intellectually and physically. I am proud that Kevin not only met this challenge, but also excelled in his academics, athletics, and military leadership training over the past four years. I thank him for being a model of distinction to our young Samoans throughout the world,” Faleomavaega stated.
“I also would like to thank Kevin’s parents, Retired Captain Randal D. Farley and Mrs. Tania Huff Farley, and family members who have played a significant role during his journey to becoming an officer in the U.S. Navy. Ensign Farley has joined a long tradition of Samoans in the U.S. Armed Forces and his willingness to serve our country is admirable and deeply appreciated. I am confident that he will continue to be a shining example in his naval career and I pray for his continued success and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” the Congressman concluded.
Source: Media release Office of the Congressman