Des Moines Twins, Roosevelt Seniors Head to Military Academies

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Cole Norris (left) will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy while his twin brother Hunter heads to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The are members of Roosevelt High School’s Class of 2022.

Twin brothers and Roosevelt High School seniors Hunter and Cole Norris are heading to two of the nation’s top military academies. Hunter has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point while Cole will be a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. Both will graduate from Roosevelt on Saturday during commencement ceremonies at Drake University’s Knapp Center.

Hunter and Cole are the sons of Jackie and John Norris of Des Moines.

While attending Roosevelt Hunter was a Captain of the football, wrestling and track teams as well a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and an Eagle Scout. An appointee to the USMA’s Class of 2026, he will report to West Point for the first time on June 27.

Cole also served as a Captain of Roosevelt’s football, wrestling and track teams and is an Eagle Scout. As a member of the USAFA’s Class of 2026, he will report to Colorado Springs for the first time on June 23.

Hunter and Cole are honored to have received nominations from U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Congresswoman Cindy Axne. They were accepted into all three military institutions – the USAFA and USMA as well as the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

It is estimated that Hunter’s military education at West Point is valued at $333,000 and Cole’s military education at Air Force is valued at $416,000.

About West Point
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant –  to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to

About Air Force Academy
The Academy provides the Air Force with a corps of officers dedicated to upholding the high standards of their profession. The Air Force in turn provides a proving ground for these officers, and sent back to its Academy dedicated staff members to educate and train future leaders. More than 60 years after the first class was admitted, the Academy has graduated more than 50,000 officers. For more information, go to