"Tex" Hill Squadron Tours Lackland AFB Airlift Squadron

Written by Maj. Matthew Congrove     December 5th, 2015

Members of the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron gather around a C-5A Galaxy before beginning their tour. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

  • Members of the "Tex" Hill Squadron pose for a photograph on the cargo deck of the C-5A along with members of the 68th Airlift Squadron. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

  • Capt. Robert Klett, Commander of the "Tex" Hill Squadron, presents 68th Airlift Squadron's Senior Master Sgt. Robert Reyes with a personalized "challenge coin" as a token of his appreciation. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

San Marcos, Texas — This weekend two-dozen members of the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron of San Marcos, Texas made the short trip south to visit Lackland Air Force Base's Kelly Field Annex in San Antonio. The day was spent touring the 68th Airlift Squadron of the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 433rd Airlift Wing, including the opportunity to step inside a C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft, one of the largest planes in the world.

The day began with a briefing provided by members of the 68th, discussing the C-5's capabilities, their duties and careers in the Air Force Reserve, and answering questions by the Civil Air Patrol cadets.

"I learned a lot about the aircraft, it's crew, and the Air Force Reserve", said Cadet 2nd Lt. Connor Davis. "Among some of these airmen were loadmasters and pilots, who happily imparted their knowledge and experience upon us."

After a short drive to the flight line, the CAP squadron and their Air Force guides performed a walk around of the mammoth aircraft while learning more about it's characteristics and performance. The group then climbed aboard the plane, splitting into two groups. While one group was walking through the massive cargo bay, the other was touring the crew cabin that sits three stories above the ground. Each person in the group had the opportunity to sit in the pilot's seat and peek out of the hatch atop the aircraft.

"Tex" Hill's Safety Officer, 2nd Lt. Jim Kennedy, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former C-5 pilot, arranged for the tour with the help of Deputy Commander for Cadets Lt. Col. Rich Ferguson, also a retired C-5 pilot, and Senior Master Sergeant Robert Reyes of the 68th Airlift Squadron.

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.


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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