University, Community and Military Leaders Sign Community Covenant to Show Mutual Support
KINGSVILLE - September 05, 2009
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Military leaders from all branches of the service and Kleberg County officials gathered in Kingsville on Saturday to sign the Kleberg County Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The Kleberg County Armed Forces Community Covenant expresses community support of U. S. military servicemen and women and their families in all branches of the service. Similar covenants are being signed all over the nation in communities with U. S. Army bases, but Kleberg County officials felt it was important to cover all branches of the service with their covenant.
The covenant signing ceremony also highlighted the programs and services available to military personnel. It was held at the home of Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Steven Tallant.
“I was honored to a part of the Kleberg County community covenant,” Tallant said. “It is a heartfelt show of support for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. It is especially important to have such a covenant in place in South Texas, where so many servicemen and women continue to make sacrifices for our country every day. These military members make an extraordinary level of sacrifices for us, and we need to support them and their families every day in every way that we can.”
In addition, a $2,000 scholarship was awarded to a family member of an active duty serviceman or woman assigned to Naval Air Station Kingsville and attending Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Community and state leaders were on hand to sign the covenant, including State Rep. Tara Rios Ybarra, Kleberg County Judge Pete De la Garza, Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate, Kingsville I.S.D. Superintendent Dr. Emilio Castro, Kingsville Chapter of the Navy League President Jeff Lambert and Dick Messbarger, Chairman of the Texas Defense, Aviation and Aerospace Alliance.
Dr. Steven Tallant, president of Texas A&M-Kingsville, signed as a representative of both the U. S. Air Force and the university. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U. S. Air Force.
Military leaders participating in the signing included Lt. Gen. Marc Cisneros, U. S. Army (retired) and former president of Texas A&M-Kingsville; Vice Admiral Kent Williams, U. S. Coast Guard (retired); Rear Admiral Mark Guadagnini, Chief of Naval Air Training; Capt. Phil Waddingham, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Kingsville; Capt. Robert Paulison, U. S. Coast Guard; Col. Robert Crow, Texas Army National Guard; Lt. Col. Phil Kruse, U. S. Marine Corps (retired); and Maj. John Hubert, U. S. Army Reserve.
The community covenant was unveiled and its signers were recognized during halftime of the Texas A&M-Kingsville football game at Javelina Stadium as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations.
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