Two "Tex" Hill Squadron Officers Win Wing Awards

Written by Civil Air Patrol     March 1st, 2016

Maj. Matthew Congrove, left, and Lt. Col. Rich Ferguson, right, were selected as the best in their duty positions within the state of Texas. (Photo by Civil Air Patrol)

  • Maj. Matthew Congrove takes photos during a recent tour of Lackland AFB. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Tom Roach)

  • Lt. Col. Rich Ferguson helps a student land in a flight simulator during a recent community outreach event. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Tom Roach)

San Marcos, Texas — Two officers of the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron took home Texas Wing awards on Monday. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Ferguson, the Deputy Commander for Cadets, was awarded as Cadet Programs Officer of the Year, while Major Matthew Congrove, Squadron Commander and Public Affairs Officer, was selected as the Texas Public Affairs Officer of the Year.

Lt. Col. Ferguson joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in 1961, reaching the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel before joining the United States Air Force. In 2009 he transferred to the San Marcos squadron, where he took over as the Deputy Commander for Cadets in 2012. Since that time the squadron has excelled at promoting and mentoring youth members, and last year every cadet had the chance to fly. The cadet membership in 2015 grew at fifty percent, and eighty five percent of existing cadets were retained.

His nomination, by former Squadron Commander Captain Robert Klett, succinctly outlined why he was so deserving: "Lt. Col. Ferguson's work has been pivotal to the success of the squadron cadet program. His tireless efforts and selfless attitude have achieved great results."

Maj. Congrove, a CAP member since 1999, transferred to San Marcos in early 2015 and took command of the squadron in January of this year. He previously served in Florida Wing as a Public Affairs Officer for numerous squadrons, two groups, and was a Deputy Public Affairs Officer at Florida Wing Headquarters. In 2006 he was chosen as the Florida Wing Public Affairs Officer of the Year, meaning he has now been selected as the best in his field within the two largest Civil Air Patrol wings.

Both men are expected to receive their awards from the Texas Wing Commander during the annual wing conference, hosted in San Antonio later this spring.

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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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