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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Three Jacksonville Students Appointed to United States Air Force Academy

June 22, 2018
Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -  U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is proud to announce the appointment of three Jacksonville-area students into the United States Air Force Academy. Darius Alexander Jansen, Amari Jaquay and Reginald Stark Maffett III will continue their education at the prestigious military academy in Colorado. All three students received a nomination from Rep. Lawson.

“I would like to congratulate Darius, Amari and Reginald on this momentous achievement, and wish them continued success on this this journey,” Rep. Lawson said. “I am confident they will have bright futures at the United States Air Force Academy.”

Following graduation, Jansen, Jaquay and Maffett transitioned to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, to prepare for entry to the USAFA.

Jansen was a member of First Coast Christian School’s varsity baseball and basketball teams and served as team captain his junior and senior years. He was also involved in marching band and multiple honors societies. As a student leader, Jansen was Beta Club president, group character officer and flight commander at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School. 

Jaquay was an active member in his community throughout high school at the Bolles School and at the U.S. Air Force Preparatory School. Jaquay founded his own football camp his sophomore year because he was interested in making the athletic experience available to Jacksonville’s underserved children. At the Bolles School, he participated in football, basketball and track and field. During his senior year, Jaquay served as football captain and a member of the all-state football team.

Maffett participated in JROTC for four years at the Paxon School for Advance Studies, then upon graduation, began his U.S. Air Force active duty. As part of his operational service, Maffett was deployed to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, where he gained multiple certifications and achieved the title of “Airman of the Month” twice. After deployment, Maffett was stationed at Eglin Airforce Base in Pensacola, Fla.

Members of Congress may nominate students to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. While a nomination will not guarantee acceptance into one of these academies, it is required as part of the applicant’s submission packet. Those selected to attend a service academy, must commit to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.


Reginald Maffett III holding an American Flag and standing in front of a helicopter