James Paules is the Volunteer Executive Producer of the American Heroes Air Show program. “We’re very excited to see some of the restrictions imposed on military support easing for 2015 and we look forward to opening our season back with our friends in Austin, Texas April 18 & 19,” Paules noted. Since 2006 the American Heroes Air Show has partnered with the annual Texas Military Forces Open House based at historic Camp Mabry.
“Working with the Texas military forces team under the leadership of Major General John F. Nichols, Adjutant General of Texas, has been a great experience,” Paules explained. “ With the military’s enthusiastic support, this weekend event has grown to include a special Naturalization Ceremony for serving and retired U.S. military members.”
The Naturalization Ceremony, co-hosted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is presented in front of an imposing 85% scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall provided by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute organization. “To watch these military members take their Oath of Allegiance in the shadow of the AVTT Wall is always an emotional experience,” Paules noted. “They’ve always been our heroes, … we invite the community to join us at the American Heroes Air Show in the heart of Texas as they become our newest American citizens” he event theme holds closely to the mission of the American Heroes Air Shows to educate the public, media and elected official as to the unique capabilities of rotarywing technology. This admission-free event achieves that goal with static displays of helicopters on the Camp Mabry parade field from military, regional law enforcement units, Federal / DOJ units, private collectors while local flight schools are on hand to deliver information to future helo pilots. Additionally, the Texas Military Forces provide exciting helicopter training exercises which highlight medical extraction / tactical rescue capabilities and provide an exciting demonstration to the public why helicopters are often the first tool out of the tool box in time-critical public safety events.
Wut Tantaksinanukij, Volunteer Event Co-Director with the Austin PD has supported the Texas event for several years.
“This event is absolutely unique in the Austin community and provides a rare opportunity for our pilots and other APD team members to connect face to face with the public and talk about our mission of public service … and provide guests with information on careers in law enforcement.”
It’s an exciting weekend where families can step into the past and experience military reenactments of significant U.S. military engagements throughout history, along with musical entertainment, concessions, exciting helicopter rescue demonstrations and public service themed activities for the entire Austin community.
For our ninth year the American Heroes Air Show is proud to be part of the admissionfree Texas Military Forces Open House at historic Camp Mabry in the heart of Austin.
Date: Saturday & Sunday April 18 & 19 2015 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The AVTT Cost of Freedom Tribute with the Vietnam Memorial Wall is available for public viewing Friday through Sunday The USCIS Naturalization Ceremony is Saturday only 11 a.m.
FREE ADMISSION and PARKING all weekend. ** Photo ID required for base access ocation: Texas Military Forces Headquarters – Camp Mabry 2200 West 35th Street Austin, Texas 78703