Sat, Aug 07, 2010
Fundraising Drive For Building Fund To Begin Soon
The Civil Air Patrol's Texas Wing
says that, thanks to the generosity of the city of San Antonio,
their headquarters will soon have a new home at Stinson Municipal
The City Council voted Thursday in favor of signing a no-cost
50-year lease with the Texas Wing on a portion of airport property
adjacent to an existing taxi lane, covering about 92,550 square
feet. The wing recently moved its headquarters to the city of Waco,
away from Waco Regional Airport, because the facility there no
longer met its needs.
The new location, at a working airport, will be able to accommodate
not only the wing's headquarters but also Group V headquarters and
selected squadrons under one roof, with an adjoining hangar big
enough to hold six planes. It will feature ample training
facilities, conference rooms, dedicated space to run missions and
temporary billets for mission personnel. Generous parking space
will be available as well. Officials expect the wing's ability to
conduct missions will be greatly enhanced when it is able build and
move to the new location in San Antonio.
A fund-raising drive will begin shortly as the Texas Wing
establishes its necessary building fund. "We are thankful to the
city of San Antonio for giving us the opportunity to better serve
the community. This generous offer will greatly enhance our ability
to carry out our missions," said Col. Joe R. Smith, Texas Wing
"I am so very proud of the fact that a vital organization like the
Civil Air Patrol is moving its Texas state headquarters to Stinson
Airfield and District 3," Councilwoman Jennifer V. Ramos said. "The
Civil Air Patrol is the kind of organization we openly welcome and
are excited to have in District 3, with its rich history and
storied tradition in Texas and around the country."
The Texas Wing is a member of the Texas State Emergency Operations
Center and has been involved in every hurricane and major natural
disaster to strike the state in recent memory. "The relocation of
the Wing Headquarters to San Antonio continues to grow San Antonio
as a center for emergency response which enhances the safety of the
citizens of San Antonio and all of our South Texas neighbors,"
Councilman Reed Williams said.
Capt. Jack Calhoun, Group V commander, said, "I am grateful to
Councilwoman Ramos and Councilman Williams, because they listened
to us -- Lt. Col. Ed Billman (Group V commander), Maj. Chuck Tetlow
(Bexar County Senior Squadron commander) and me -- when we came to
them, and they started the ball rolling to accomplish what today
has become a reality. Texas Wing looks forward to strengthening our
participation in the San Antonio family."
"This is really an exciting time for Stinson Municipal Airport,"
said Frank R. Miller, aviation director for San Antonio. "The
continued capital improvements and tenant growth, such as the Civil
Air Patrol, is why Stinson continues to be one of the premier
municipal airports in Texas."
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