"Tex" Hill Squadron Earns Top Honors in Texas
San Marcos, Texas — The San Marcos Civil Air Patrol squadron was on Thursday named the 2016 Texas Wing Squadron of Merit. The award, eligible to any squadron with a cadet program, is given for high marks across a number of metrics including membership growth and retention, cadet milestone achievements, and the number of cadets who participate in flying activities.
In an e-mail to the squadron, Commander Major Matthew Congrove thanked everyone for their hard work and diligence. "This is truly a team award, and we couldn't have done it without all of the individual effort that goes into our day-to-day operations," he wrote. "This award confirms what we already know — our unit is one of the best around — and the numbers back it up."
The squadron will be presented their award and guidon streamer at the joint Texas and National Conference in San Antonio this August. The squadron will also be in the running for selection as the Southwest Region Squadron of Distinction, going up against the winners from five other states. The winner of that award is expected to be announced in April, with the top unit going on to compete for the national honor.
Previously, the squadron was named the Texas Wing Squadron of Merit, the Southwest Region Squadron of Distinction, and the National Squadron of the Year in 2004.
Maj. Congrove also took home a personal honor as he was named the 2016 Texas Wing Public Affairs Officer of the Year. This is his second consecutive win for the Texas award, adding to his Public Affairs Officer of the Year award from Florida Wing in 2006 and four national-level honors last 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 www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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