Award Night Caps Busy Year for Local CAP Squadron

Written by Maj. Matthew Congrove     December 15th, 2015

Cadet Capt. Chuck Baker is presented an award for his accomplishments by Texas Wing Group V Commander Lt. Col. Ed Garland. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

  • Lt. Col. Rich Ferguson, Deputy Commander for Cadets, addresses squadron members and their family before the presentation of awards. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

  • Texas Wing Group V Commander Lt. Col. Ed Garland pins a medal on Cadet Capt. Ancel Atkinson in recognition of his outstanding service. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

San Marcos, Texas — Numerous cadets from the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron received awards this week during an annual holiday party and family event. The awards, recognizing outstanding service by cadets, also included commendations from outside organizations such as the VFW, Air Force Association and Air Force Sergeants Association.

Texas Wing Group V Commander Lt. Col. Ed Garland presented each of the awards to the cadets, while Deputy Commander for Cadets Lt. Col. Rich Ferguson read the accompanying citations.

The award recipients were:

- Cadet Capt. Ancel Atkinson, Air Force Association Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year
- Cadet Capt. Chuck Baker, VFW Outstanding Squadron Cadet Officer of the Year
- Cadet 1st Lt. Briscoe Swisher, VFW Outstanding Squadron Cadet NCO of the Year
- Cadet CMSgt. Quinn Atkinson, Air Force Sergeants Association Outstanding Squadron Cadet NCO of the Year
- Cadet 1st Lt. Jack Baker, Outstanding Texan Flight Cadet Officer of the Year
- Cadet CMSgt. Dava Flowers, Outstanding Texan Flight Cadet NCO of the Year
- Cadet CMSgt. James Salazar, Outstanding Texan Flight Cadet of the Year

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 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 |

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