Carmel Valley resident Blake A. Busse graduates from United States Naval Academy

U.S. Ensign Blake A. Busse, son of Jon and Cindy Busse of Carmel Valley, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on May 23, 2014 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Ensign Busse successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical, and professional training, resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Ocean 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 Busse has been assigned to Pensacola, Florida where he will train to become a Navy Pilot.

Ensign Busse lettered four years on the Navy men’s Varsity Division 1 soccer team and is ranked second in school history with 72 career games played. Ensign Busse started 21 games in 2013 and was one of a defensive backline that ranked 15th in the nation in goals-against average (0.70) and posted a school record 11 shutouts.

Considered one of the top educational institutions in the country, The US Naval Academy was founded in 1845 and has graduated more than 77,000 men and women as Naval and Marine Corps Officers. Its graduates 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 awardees, 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.

Ensign Busse is a 2010 graduate of Torrey Pines High School.