Friday, September 24, 2021

WWII Douglas A-26 Invader to fly over Southlake’s Stars & Stripes celebration

Douglas A-26 Invader

WWII Douglas A-26 Invader

A new addition has been made to the Stars & Stripes event this year! On Friday, July 3, 2015 at approximately 8:10 PM and again at 8:30 PM a WWII Douglas A-26 Invader, named Spirit of Waco, will do a celebratory aerial display over Southlake Town Square during the patriotic ceremony.

The aircraft’s flight pattern will run south from State Highway (S.H. 114) over Town Square’s Rustin Park.

This World War II light bomber was built in 1943 by Douglas Aircraft Company and was deployed from 1944 to 1950 at three USAAF bases. Through the hard work of the Invader Squadron (a branch of the Commemorative Air Force) the plane has been fully restored and has been doing airshows since 1982.

The aircraft is currently based at Meacham Airport in the hangar of the Vintage Flying Museum.

We welcome everyone to come enjoy this exciting flyover as we celebrate and honor our Nation’s independence.

For more information about the Invader Squadron or Spirit of Waco visit click here.

For more information about Southlake’s  17th annual Stars & Stripes event visit

Congratulations to New Police Officers and Firefighter/Paramedics!

Congratulations to our new Southlake Police Officers and Firefighters who officially took the Oath of Office during a special ceremony last night! Ten officers and six Firefighter/Paramedics were sworn in.  Our new City of Southlake Police Officers are: Robert Briggs, Terry Carpenter, Weston Wood, Jody Jones, David Tatsak, Connor Haller, Preston Logan, Christopher Melton, Casey Pentecost and Andrew Davis. New Firefighters/Paramedics are:  Jody Keeler, Daniel Massengale, Jay Nunnaly, Andrew Beggs, Daniel Lyons and Cole Wilson. 

The ceremony was very moving as family members personally pinned each officer and firefighter with their new badges.  City Manager Shana K. Yelverton welcomed everyone to the special occasion. Ms. Yelverton said each new member of Police and Fire Services exemplify the City’s five core values of Integrity, Innovation, Accountability, Commitment to Excellence and Teamwork.  She added, “Tonight you are becoming a part of a proud tradition, one that stretches back several decades and one that will be here for many years to come. We are honored to welcome you into our family.”

Southlake City councilmembers also attended the ceremony and Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Bledsoe also spoke at the event and congratulated the new officers and firefighters. Councilmember Bledsoe said, “You are joining the ranks of a very dedicated group of individuals who work each and every day to make the City of Southlake the best place to live and work.”

Police Chief Stephen Mylett personally addressed his new officers and their families saying, “Being a Police Officer is a calling.  One that asks not only for personal sacrifice but also sacrifices from family members; knowing that loved ones are the first line of defense for the citizens of Southlake and also accepting that the job oftentimes calls for long hours away from home.”  He added, “We are grateful to the dedication of our officers but to your dedication as well.”  Chief Mylett also promoted two senior members of the department; Sergeant Robert McAmis to Police Lieutenant and Corporal Rick Salas to Police Sergeant.

Fire Chief Mark Starr also spoke to the new group of firefighters saying, “You have worked hard and passed all of the tests set before you and you are now officially part of our Fire Services family.  We are honored to have you as part of our team!” Chief Starr also promoted four senior members of Fire Services including: David Barnes to Deputy Fire Chief, Ryan Arthur to EMS/Hazmat Lieutenant, Trey Porter to Fire Lieutenant and Bryan Thomas to Driver/Engineer.

A reception for the new officers and firefighters and their families immediately followed the ceremony. Congratulations again to everyone!