Cadet 1st Lt. Baker Takes Command of "Tex" Hill Squadron Youth

Written by Maj. Matthew Congrove     June 9th, 2015

Cadet 1st Lt. Chuck Baker accepts the unit guidon from Deputy Commander of Cadets Lt. Col. Richard Ferguson as outgoing cadet commander Cadet 1st Lt. Casey Lockett looks on. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

  • Cadet 1st Lt. Casey Lockett (L) and Cadet 1st Lt. Chuck Baker stand at attention during the change of command ceremony. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

San Marcos, Texas — The "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron on Tuesday held a change of command ceremony, appointing a new cadet commander and bidding goodbye to a longtime member.

Cadet 1st Lt. Casey Lockett turned over the guidon after four years of service with the Civil Air Patrol unit in San Marcos that saw him quickly rise through the ranks and serve in numerous leadership positions for both the unit and group, including a seat on the Group V Cadet Advisory Council. Cadet Lockett will be attending San Angelo State University beginning this fall.

Incoming cadet commander Cadet 1st Lt. Chuck Baker's ascension through the ranks has likewise been swift, earning his current rank in May of this year after just two years of service. Cadet Baker has served as an assistant on the Group V Cadet Advisory Council and will now be assuming the role of chairperson.

The change of command ceremony took place at the unit headquarters and afterwards a farewell reception was held in Cadet Lockett's honor. A video featuring moments from his tenure was also shown.

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Contact Information

Lt. Col. Ron Diana, CAP
Squadron Commander & Public Affairs Officer
David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron, SWR-TX-435, Texas Wing
(512) 710-8435 |

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