United States Navy Ensign Benjamin Robert Berkey, son of Karen and David Berkey of Chappaqua, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Friday and was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy.
Ensign Berkey successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical, and professional training, resulting in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering.
The mission of the United States Naval Academy is to develop midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically for the privilege of serving as leaders of Sailors and Marines who have volunteered to serve our country.
Following graduation, Ensign Berkey will attend The Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina and then proceed to port as an Officer in the Submarine Fleet where he will begin his service.
Considered one of the top educational institutions in the country, the United States Naval Academy was founded in 1845 and has graduated more than 77,000 men and women as Naval and Marine Corps Officers.Its graduate include one President, 22 members of Congress, three Governors, 27 Chiefs of Naval Operations, nine Commandants of the Marine Corps, 73 Medal of Honor recipients, two Nobel Prize winners, and 52 Astronauts.
The Brigade of Midshipmen is comprised of more than 4,000 students from every state in the union and several foreign countries.