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Valley Veterans Tijerina and Aliseda Reappointed to United States Service Academies Nominations Board

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McAllen, Texas—Justice Jaime Tijerina and Judge Ernie Aliseda have been reappointed to the United States Service Academies Nominations Board by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. 

The Nominations Board oversees the review of hundreds of enrollment applications and make recommendations for admission to the nation’s military academies. “I am looking forward to working with Judge Aliseda and others in recommending for selection to Senator Cruz those individuals that will be in the best future military leaders,” Justice Jaime Tijerina said.

Justice Tijerina, a Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals, and a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps, who served tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Previously, Tijerina as State District Judge of the 464th District Court, the 93rd District Court and the 92nd District Court In Hidalgo County. He was also the elected County Attorney of Kenedy County Attorney for 12 years and served as a City Attorney for the City of Mission. Justice Tijerina is fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of The Texas Prosecutor’s Society. 

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Judge Aliseda the Legal Counsel for DHR Health and a Municipal Judge for the City of McAllen.  Aliseda is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserve, where he last served as an Army Trial Judge, and on active duty for Operation Enduring Freedom with the XVII Airborne Corps.  Aliseda is also a retired State District Judge, having served both the 139th and 398th State District Courts in Hidalgo County, a former member of the UT System Board of Regents, a former Commissioner of the Governor’s Texas Military Preparedness Commission, as well as a former Director of the State Bar of Texas and a past President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association.

“I’m honored again to serve in this capacity alongside Justice Jaime Tijerina. I look forward to making recommendations on applicants who will serve our country with great honor and distinction,” said Judge Aliseda.

The U.S. Service Academies — which include the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy — are some of the most selective schools in the country; three of the five are ranked among the 40 top American colleges, according to Forbes.com.

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