San Marcos Wins Unit Award, Participates in Joint Region and Wing Conference

Written by Civil Air Patrol     April 17th, 2016

Commanders of squadrons that received the Quality Cadet Unit Award stand with Texas Wing Commander Col. Sean Crandall (right), including "Tex" Hill Commander Maj. Matthew Congrove (2nd from left). (Photo by Lt. Col. Don Fisher)

  • Lt. Col Roger Corbin (center) accepts the trophy for winning the first annual Texas Wing Flight Competition from Texas Wing Commander Col. Sean Crandall (right), along with fellow aircrew member Maj. Jan Wagner. (Photo by Lt. Col. Don Fisher)

  • Cadet Maj. Chuck baker (right) stands with two other cadets, Southwest Region Commander Col. Mark Smith (left), and Texas Wing Director of Cadet Programs Lt. Col. James Peace, as they each speak with the CAP Board of Governors. (Photo by 1st Lt. Karla Friedrichs)

San Marcos, Texas — Although taking home a Quality Cadet Unit Award was a great moment for members of the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron, their participation at the joint conference for Southwest Region and Texas Wing, along with a CAP Board of Governors meeting, afforded them moments that won't soon be forgotten.

The Quality Cadet Unit Award, given annually to a handful of squadrons, requires excellence in a variety of metrics including aerospace education, adult leadership training, cadet achievement, and retention. This marks the second consecutive year that the "Tex" Hill squadron has received the honor.

The conference was helmed by master of ceremonies Colonel Joseph Rizzuto of the U.S. Air Force Profession of Arms Center of Excellence (PACE), who is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and a member of the unit in San Marcos along with his son, Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Nathan Rizzuto.

Cadet Major Chuck Baker helped represent cadets across the nation as he and two other cadets spoke with the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors. The cadets told the board about how CAP has helped shape who they are.

"I didn't know CAP would change my life in such a huge and positive way," said Baker. "I have used everything I have learned to help me improve my character and the experiences and character of the cadets I work with. CAP has changed my life for the better."

His younger brother, Cadet Captain Jack Baker, and their older sister Flight Officer Hannah Baker, escorted Civil Air Patrol National Vice Commander Brigadier General Larry Myrick and his wife during of the conference.

Their father, Major Chris Baker, was an instructor for the Training Leaders of Cadets course, which was directed by fellow San Marcos member Lt. Col. Stan Trull, who holds a master rating in cadet programs.

San Marcos Squadron Commander, Maj. Matthew Congrove, participated in the Unit Commander's Course, and assisted with public affairs duties for the conference. 1st Lt. Doug Tallant took part in the Squadron Leadership School, a course designed to help members enhance their knowledge of squadron operations.

During the awards ceremony, other members of the unit were honored individually. Lt. Col. Rich Ferguson, the squadron's Deputy Commander for Cadets, received the Texas Wing Cadet Programs Officer of the Year Award. Maj. Congrove received the Texas Wing Public Affairs Officer of the year award. Lt. Col. Roger Corbin, the squadron's Deputy Commander for Seniors, was presented a trophy for being the mission pilot of the winning aircrew at the 2016 Texas Wing Flight Competition, and also accepted the award on behalf of his mission observer and fellow squadron member Lt. Col. Mike Duc. Lt. Col. Corbin was also honored with a Wing Commander's Commendation Award for his efforts during floods throughout Texas in the past year. Lt. Col. David Badal was not present to receive the coveted Paul E. Garber Award, presented to CAP members who complete the fourth of five professional development levels, requiring years of training, education, and leadership.

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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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