"Tex" Hill Squadron Assists at Commemorative Air Force VJ Day Celebration

Written by Maj. Matthew Congrove     August 15th, 2015

A B-25 bomber passes in front of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 before the start of the VJ Day Celebration at San Marcos Municipal Airport. (Photo by SM Shan Murphy)

  • Captain Chris Baker directs traffic during the Commemorative Air Force VJ Day celebration. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

  • Two B-25 bombers and a P-51 fighter from World War II on display at the VJ Day celebration. (Photo by Maj. Matthew Congrove)

San Marcos, Texas — Ten cadets and seven senior members from the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron attended the Commemorative Air Force VJ Day celebration in San Marcos, Texas.

The event, held on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, drew visitors from all across the Central Texas region who wanted to honor veterans of the war. Over a dozen period aircraft were on display and flying, including two B-25 bombers, a P-51 fighter, and the last flying P-39 fighter in the Western Hemisphere.

The Civil Air Patrol members performed various duties during the event and also manned a recruiting station.

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.


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 | cc@texhillcap.org

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