Squadron Honors Veterans During Annual Dinner Dance

Written by Maj. Matthew Congrove     November 16th, 2015

Cadet Captain Ancel Atkinson salutes the American flag during the posting of the colors at the annual CAF Veteran's Day dinner dance. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

  • The "Tex" Hill color guard posts the colors in front of the crowd at the annual CAF Veteran's Day dinner dance. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

  • The crowd at the event watches the final stages of the swing dance contest. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)


San Marcos, Texas — Twenty-eight Civil Air Patrol members and family joined over 1,000 attendees at the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing's Veteran's Day dinner dance. The event, held annually, is an authentic World War II USO experience and includes a catered meal, a dance contest, a silent auction, and the swinging tunes of the Sentimental Journey Orchestra.

Open to the public, the main draw of the event is the chance to spend time with and honor the many veterans of the central Texas area. One attendee, retired Colonel Dean Caswell of the United States Marine Corps, is a triple ace who flew in three wars, earning the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with three gold stars, and the Air Medal with five gold stars.

The evening kicked off with the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron color guard's posting of the colors.

The "Tex" Hill color guard is:

- Cadet Captain Chuck Baker, Color Guard Leader
- Cadet Captain Ancel Atkinson, American Flag
- Cadet 1st Lieutenant Brisco Swisher, POW/MIA Flag
- Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Quinn Salazar, Rifle
- Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Dava Flowers, Rifle

Two cadets from the Laughlin Air Force Base Composite Squadron of Del Rio, Texas also attended the event, traveling over 200 miles to honor the gathered veterans.


About Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

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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 | cc@texhillcap.org

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