The City of Southlake takes pride in employing world class employees to serve the Southlake community.
Veterans are valuable assets to our organization and are equipped with a specialized skillset and easily adapt to the City’s core values of Integrity, Innovation, Accountability, Commitment to Excellence and Teamwork due their military training.
The City employs 41 veterans who have served from various branches of the military. Among those are Emergency Manager Amanda Meneses and Police Officer Cpl. Robert Briggs.
Meet Amanda Meneses
Meneses served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years and held two positions, the master-at-arms and military working dog handler. She now serves the Southlake community as the emergency manager.
She said values are ingrained in her from day one at boot camp and still hold true to this day.
Meneses explained how the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment have a significant impact on her role and day-to-day activities.
“Honor. I am accountable for my professional and personal behavior. I am mindful of the privilege I have to serve my community. Courage gives me the moral and mental strength to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even in the face of adversity. Commitment. It is my daily duty to join together as a team with co-workers, city employees and members of the community to improve the quality of our work, our people, ourselves and the community as a whole,” she said.
Meneses keeps these core values and their influence in how she serves the Southlake community, even after she’s been out of the Navy for 10 years. To her Veterans Day means four words: Honor, Sacrifice, Hope and Freedom.
Meet Cpl. Robert Briggs
Briggs served in the U.S. Army for 13 years. He now protects and serves with the City of Southlake Police Department. He said that lessons and experiences he has from the military are utilized every day in his career.
“These include lessons and experiences with leadership, logistics and analysis, as well as the Army values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage,” Briggs said.
He defines Veterans Day as a day to be grateful.
“We should of course always be thankful for the sacrifices in which our current and former military veterans have made for our personal freedoms and liberties. Veterans Day serves as an annual reminder for Americans to take time to deliberately thank our American Patriots,” Briggs said.
The City of Southlake would like to thank all veterans for their service.
On 3 July, 2013 Southlake, Texas residents came out by the hundreds to celebrate the holiday in style. Vendors and children’s activities lined the streets while the Southlake Community Big Band played under the shade of the gazebo on the town square. Sgt. Kevin Diehl of the Southlake Police Department, Jenni McClure, Events Coordinator for City of Southlake, and Sgt. Mike Dunn of the Southlake Police Department Security and Traffic, and others worked tirelessly to make sure the event came off in grand style.
Members of the PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America) wheelchair honor guard, which consists of all branches of the military, were honored to be a part of this event. Mayor John Terrell welcomed visitors and gave a brief history on this event, and offered information on Southlake and its businesses. Mayor Terrell then turned over the microphone to Marine Bill Fischer of the PVA Honor Guard for the Pledge of Allegiance. You can request the PVA Honor Guard by calling (972) 276-5252 or writing www.mypva.org.
The PVA Honor Guard consisting of Glen Bentley, Jerry Hull, Ted Smith, Charles Brannon, Michael Bruscino, Bill Fischer and John Fay performed the “rifle volley’, 21 gun salute to our veterans. The Guard was formed by disabled veterans and is made up of all branches of the military. They perform at funerals, memorials, and any events, time permitting from those who request them. There is normally no charge, however donations are accepted to help with the cost of travel, etc. The PVA also helps disabled veterans in many other ways. Whether you are looking for a job, want to volunteer, or need housing, they are always there to offer help or get you to a place who can help you.
The Southlake Police Honor Guard is new on the scene, and their first performance was at the Police Memorial Ceremony held in May. They practiced every week for one month at 4 hours per practice. The idea for the honor guard was born when Chief Mylett came from Corpus Christi, Texas. He was shocked to learn there was not an honor guard in Southlake, so a group got together under the direction of then Corporal Kevin Diehl (now promoted to Sergeant) and formed the first Police Honor Guard. Being a former Marine, Kevin Diehl was a natural leader. The honor guard is made up of two Marines, one Army, one Navy, and two non-military police officers. Because of the different military branches, they had to cope with different drill styles. They also started practicing manual of arms with patrol M4’s and patrol rifles. They are eager to get their name out to the public to perform with their Honor Guard. Members are: Sgt. Kevin Diehl, (USMC) Cpl. Tyler Sewell, Cpl. Randy Thomas, (USN) Officer Robert Briggs, Officer Blas Hernandez, Officer Weston Wood, Officer Cory Rattan (USMC).
In addition, Lt. Trey Porter, Engineer Tony Petyon, and Firefighter Jonathan Keeler were there as support and played a part in the activites.