Civil Air Patrol Presents Award to San Marcos City Manager, Airport Board

Written by Civil Air Patrol     December 12th, 2016

Maj. Matthew Congrove, Squadron Commander (center), presents Mr. Parker (left) and Mr. Miller (right) with certificates of appreciation, flanked by cadets Chuck and Jack Baker. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Tom Roach)

  • Ms. Batch of Texas Aviation Partners, Lt. Col. Badal, FO H. Baker, C/Lt. Col. C. Baker, Mr. Parker, Councilman Mr. Gregson, Mr. Miller, Maj. Congrove, C/Capt. J. Baker, Lt. Col. Ferguson, 2nd Lt. Redhead of the CAP Apollo Squadron, and Mr. Wimberly (TAP). (Photo by 2nd Lt. Tom Roach)

  • Maj. Congrove presents a certificate to the entire San Marcos Airport Advisory Board. (Photo by Cassidy Berenato, Texas Aviation Partners)

San Marcos, Texas — City Manager Jared Miller was honored by the local Civil Air Patrol unit on Monday. The ceremony, held at the San Marcos Regional Airport, was put together to thank Mr. Miller, his staff, and the city for their support of the squadron over the past two decades.

The Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander, Major Matthew Congrove, presented Mr. Miller with a certificate of appreciation and a commander's coin, a military tradition that dates back to World War II.

"We're truly blessed to have a great partner in the City of San Marcos," said Maj. Congrove. "Throughout our history in the area, the city has routinely gone above and beyond to ensure that we can effectively operate in our Congressionally-mandated missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education."

Steve Parker, who serves as the assistant city manager and finance director for San Marcos, was honored as well. Mr. Parker was instrumental in recent efforts to keep the squadron operational.

Lieutenant Colonel Dave Badal, who commanded the all-volunteer squadron from 2004 until 2008 and currently serves as the emergency services training officer, was also on hand for the event. "We are very much appreciative for the support that the City of San Marcos and the Texas Aviation Partners have provided during the past several years," he said. "Our goal is to serve our community in times of need."

After the ceremony, Maj. Congrove spoke at the San Marcos Airport Advisory Board meeting, where he also expressed his gratitude to the board and other area partners including Texas Aviation Partners, Berry Aviation, Redbird Skyport and the Commemorative Air Force's CENTEX Wing.

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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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