Responding to continued growth, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets will reactivate Friday (Jan. 11) two of its traditional units, including the one in which Gov. Perry and Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp served. Gov. Perry and Sharp, both 1972 graduates, are scheduled to attend the 10 a.m. activation ceremonies.
The morning ceremonies will be for reactivation of Squadron 6, an Air Force unit, and a similar event will be held at 2 p.m. for reactivation of Company S-2, an Army unit. Receptions will follow both ceremonies.
“Squadron 6 being reactivated, especially as a public service unit, is great news,” said Sharp, who also expressed his approval of Fernando Aguilera, a senior from Edinburg, Texas, who was chosen to serve as the unit’s commander.
Numerous other former members of the two units are also expected to attend the ceremonies, both of which will be held in the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. Gov. Perry and Chancellor Sharp are scheduled to speak at the 10 a.m. ceremonies, along with Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., commandant of the Corps of Cadets, who initiated the action to reactivate the two units.
Gen. Ramirez, a 1979 Texas A&M graduate, authorized the reactivation of two other units last year in response to the corps’ growth.
The decision to reactivate Squadron 6 and Company S-2 in time for the start of the spring semester that begins Monday was predicated by the corps’ fall semester strength of 2,303, the highest level of membership in 15 years.
Participation in the Corps of Cadets is strictly voluntary and is open to both men and women students.
For 137 years, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, known as “the Keepers of the Spirit,” has been preserving Aggie traditions and producing leaders of character. Since “day one,” the individual units in the corps have developed their own unique histories and traditions while maintaining a solid, united union, Gen. Ramirez said.
Throughout corps history, various units have stood down for differing reasons — gone, but never forgotten — especially by their former members, eager to see their beloved units restored, he added.
“The decision was made to reactivate two units, Squadron 1 and Company F-1 in 2012 and now Squadron 6 and Company S-2 in 2013 to accommodate the steady growth of incoming students eager to be part of the storied Corps of Cadets — a new beginning for an old tradition for future members as well as former members,” he added.
The general said plans are in place to reactivate more units in the near future based on need.
“Last year we reactivated two units and I am very pleased to announce that we will reactivate two more units, Squadron 6 and Company S-2, this year and make them an integral part of the Corps of Cadets once again,” Gen. Ramirez said. “They are a part of the corps history and will be a new source of pride for our current cadets. I have also heard from many former cadets who were members of these units and I know that they will be pleased to see their guidons once again flying as part of the corps. This will be another great day for the corps. Our ranks are increasing each year and it is a priority for me to reactivate former corps units and bring them back to their former place in the corps. By standing up units with history and tradition that are already a part of Texas A&M, we bring the past and the present together.”
Joining Aguilera in leading Squadron 6 will be Daniel Parker, a senior from McKinney, who will be the unit’s executive officer, and James Dickens, a junior from Paradise, Texas, who will serve as 1st sergeant. The commander of Company S-2 will be Michael Smith, a senior from Aberdeen, Scotland. The executive officer will be Kaisey Phillips, a senior from Denison, and the 1st sergeant will be Javier Zamorano, a junior from San Benito, Texas.
The corps has a long history of providing opportunities to master leadership and management skills that prepare cadets to become leaders in the military, private, and public sectors.