Information for the Media

Below you'll find information that may help when writing an article about Civil Air Patrol, and specifically the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron.

Media Contact

Lt. Col. Ron Diana, CAP
Squadron Commander
David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron, SWR-TX-435, Texas Wing
(512) 710-8435 | cc@texhillcap.org

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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization 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.

About the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron

The squadron, named after a member of the famous AVG "Flying Tigers" squadron, was chartered in 1998. We are a composite squadron, which means we have youth (cadet) and adult (officer) members. Our unit headquarters is located at San Marcos Regional Airport, and we are assigned a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 aircraft equipped for search and rescue, reconnaissance, communications relay, and aerial photography.

As of 1 September 2017 the squadron has 59 members (32 cadets and 27 officer members). Our squadron commander is Lt. Col. Ron Diana. He took command of the squadron in September 2017.

Our squadron is under the command of Civil Air PatrolSouthwest RegionTexas WingGroup 5, which spans from San Antonio to Temple along the I-35 corridor, west to Del Rio and east to College Station.

For more information about the history of the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron, and the man we're named after, please refer to the History page. For up-to-date information on membership numbers, please use the media contact above.

Media Access and Ride-Alongs

We will make every possible effort to accommodate media during active Civil Air Patrol missions. Please use the media contact above to request information on available media staging areas and contact information for the mission Public Information Officer.

During exercises and non-emergency missions the media may be allowed to ride in Civil Air Patrol aircraft for aerial coverage and photography / videography. Please use the media contact above. All ride-alongs require coordination with Texas Wing and the agency in command, so please submit your requests as soon as possible. If you plan on making ride-along requests in the future, you may contact us to coordinate and complete some pre-requisites ahead of time.

Cadet Protection Policy

When writing an article involving a Civil Air Patrol youth member, please only use the cadet's name, rank, and hometown unless specifically approved by the Public Affairs Officer.

High-Resolution Art

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High-Resolution Photos

For a wide variety of stock Civil Air Patrol photographs, please use the following links. Credit Civil Air Patrol.