A New Beginning for an Old Tradition

Corps of Cadets reactivates Squadron 6 and Company S-2

Responding to continued growth, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets reactivated two of its traditional units Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Texas Governor Rick Perry ’72 and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp ’72, both former members of Squadron 6, were in attendance to speak at the morning ceremony, held at the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.

The decision to reactivate Squadron 6, an Air Force unit, and Company S-2, an Army unit, for the spring semester was predicated by the Corps’ fall semester membership of 2,303, the highest level in 15 years.

“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

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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,” said Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ’79, commandant of the Corps.

The Commander of Squadron 6 will be Fernando Aguilera ’13. 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.

There are plans to reactivate more units in the near future based on need.

  • Cadets participate in the Squadron 6 reactivation ceremony in 2013. (Photo Credit: Cassandra Wilson Photography)
  • The morning ceremonies for the reactivation of Squadron 6, an Air Force unit were held at 10 am, and a similar event was held at 2 p.m. for the reactivation of Company S-2, an Army unit.
  • “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,” said Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ’79, Commandant of the Corps.
  • Gov. Perry and Chancellor Sharp were 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.
  • Numerous other former members of the two units attended the ceremonies, both of which were held in the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. (Photo Credit: Cassandra Wilson Photography)
  • 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.
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry ’72, a former member of Squadron 6, was in attendance to speak and visit with the newly reactivated outfit at the morning ceremony.
  • Fernando Aguilera, a senior from Edinburg, Texas, was chosen to serve as the squadron 6 unit commander. (Photo Credit: Cassandra Wilson Photography)


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Brian Bishop ’91, Director of Development, Corps of Cadets
bishop@tamu.edu | 979-862-4085


2 Responses to “A New Beginning for an Old Tradition”

  • Marvin Schiller:

    Is Sqd 23 still in operation? I was a freshman in Sept. 1952. Our Sqd. lived in I think Milner Hall in front of Sibisa Dining Hall to the southeast.

    Great to hear about the Corp continued growth.

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