Mr. William P. Kliewer is a native of Weatherford, Oklahoma, and a 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, from which he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Commission in the US Army Transportation Corps. Mr. Kliewer served in the US Army from 1972 to 1977, then settled in Killeen, Texas, and developed highly successful business interests in both the insurance and automobile industries. Mr. Kliewer’s significant public service includes service as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, President of the Central Texas Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, President of the Killeen Industrial Foundation, Secretary of the Killeen Independent School System Board of Trustees, and a variety of leadership positions in other volunteer and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Kliewer is the Chairman of the Board of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation.
Mr. Jose Segarra is an Army Veteran who served over 10 years in uniform. Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Segarra settled in Central Texas and studied the real estate industry. In 2005 he opened Exit Homevets Reality. Mr. Segarra is extremely active in the community and his many associations and philanthropic efforts include service as the President of the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors, as well as service as Regional Vice President of the Executive Board of the Texas Association of Realtors. He is also a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), and Certified Internet Professional (e-Pro). He is a member of the Killeen and Harker Heights Chambers of Commerce, and serves as on the Executive Board for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce as the Treasurer. He is also a member of the Killeen Heights Rotary Club, the Lonestar Toastmaster Club and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAREP). Mr. Segarra serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Colonel (Retired) Otis Evans has served at all levels in Army healthcare management and culminated his career as Director of the Walter Reed Regional Healthcare System. In addition to extensive professional military training, he holds a B.S. degree in Education from Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas and a M.A. degree in Management and Public Administration from Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri. Since moving to Killeen in 1994, Otis has served three years on the Killeen City Council and six years on the Central Texas Council of Governments. He is active in charities and other philanthropic efforts in the greater Central Texas community. Colonel Evans serves as Secretary on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Ted Smith served as an active duty JAG officer at Fort Cavazos before he opened his first private practice in Killeen in 1976. Ted is a fixture in the Central Texas community. He has served as city attorney for Harker Heights; been elected to the Harker Heights City Council; served as chairman of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Metroplex Hospital Foundation, and the Killeen Food Care Center Board of Directors. He is serving or has served on the Viva Les Artes Society Board of Directors, the Youth Services Bureau, Killeen and Harker Heights Rotary clubs, and Young Life. Mr. Smith serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Richard Sanger attended Trinity College in Harford, Connecticut, where he was the Distinguished Graduate and Corps Commander of his AFROTC Unit. During the Vietnam War, he served four years in the Strategic Air Command, twice as a Unit Commander, and twice as a General’s Aide. He received his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and for the next 20 years served in International Executive positions at R J Reynolds, Sea Land Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline. He came to Texas in 1990 to raise $33 million for his Automated Systems Company, where he served as CEO. He has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 2009 and has also served twice on the AFP Houston Chapter Board Committee on Directorship. He was recruited by the Board of Space Center Houston, the official Visitor Center of NASA’s Johnson’s Space Center, where he served five years as Director of Development. During this time, he was responsible for the $12 million capital campaign to display the Shuttle and Carrier 747 Aircraft. He moved to Austin in 2013, where he has served as AFP Chapter Committee Chair, Board Member, and twice on the Committee on Directorship. He is also a member of the Chapter’s Finance Committee. Mr. Sanger is a Vistage Group Chair, leading three groups of executives to make better decisions and get better results for their companies, families, and community. Mr. Sanger serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Jimmie Don Aycock is a native of Bell County and Central Texas. A 1970 graduate of the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and served in the US Army, earning an Army Commendation Medal for his service. During the period 1972 to 1998, Dr. Aycock owned and operated successful veterinary clinics in Killeen, Harker Heights, and Copperas Cove, Texas. Dr. Aycock held several publicly elected positions before becoming a Texas State Representative. He has served on the Central Texas College Board of Trustees, Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees, and served as president of both the Comanche Hills Utility District and the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District #3. He has held many past service positions including positions with the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. He was also president of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. In 2006 Dr. Aycock was elected to serve in the Texas Legislature, representing House District 54 which includes western Bell, Lampasas, and Burnet counties. As a member of the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Aycock serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, the Public Education Committee, and Redistricting Committee. Representative Aycock was appointed by the former Speaker of the House to the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Agriculture, Environment, & Energy, and was recently appointed to the Select Committee on Public School Finance by House Speaker Joe Straus. He is also a member of the Texas Legislative Tourism Caucus, the Rural Caucus, and the Energy Council. Dr. Aycock serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Ms. Beck helped her Dad, Bernie Beck, open the first bank on Fort Cavazos in 1966. She joined Union State Bank in 1996, as CIO, and now holds the Vice Chairmanship of the Board and President/CEO. The mottos of her community independent bank is, “Where People Make the Difference” and “Our Family Bank is Your Family Bank." Ms. Beck’s previous background was in small business startups and operations as well as children's advocacy. She has owned and run businesses ranging from an Advertising Agency, low power TV stations, early Computer Tech development, art gallery, to a variety of Communications businesses. She was in strategic planning, consultant management, management information systems development (MIS), Federal and State regulatory development and implementation, Texas Legislative Liaison for State and Federal DHR Budgets, and contract negotiation for the State. Also, she has served as a lobbyist for the Developmentally Disabled with an independent Federal agency. Ms. Beck is active with Texas Banking organizations like TBA and IBAT at the both state and national levels. She is also very involved in many community activities and Boards, including C5 Texas Youth Foundation for at risk teens. She profoundly believes in service to soldiers and their families; and to that end, participates in organizations like AUSA to sustain Fort Cavazos' standing as a key American Army base; helping to ensure the levels of funding to maintain that elite standing. Ms. Beck serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Ms. Connell is a leading Central Texas business person and civic leader. She has extensive experience in State and National governmental affairs. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has held influential positions at both the State and Federal government levels. Her extensive resume’ of civic and philanthropic efforts include the Vive les Arts Advisory Board, the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Copperas Cove Hospital Authority, Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, President of the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat, Bell County Museum, Central Texas College Foundation, Friends of West Point, Operation Wildflower, Killeen Centennial Commission, and others. Ms. Connell serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Scott Cosper previously represented District 54 in the Texas House of Representatives, which includes Bell and Lampasas counties. He previously served as mayor and a city councilman in Killeen for more than a decade and serves on boards for Baylor/Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital and Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Mr. Cosper serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Lieutenant General Funk has held every significant leadership position in the Army from Platoon Leader through Commander of the III Armored Corps. A highly-decorated combat veteran with extensive service in both Vietnam and in Iraq during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Lieutenant General Funk is also a well-recognized educator, holding a Doctorate in Education from Montana State University. Lieutenant General Funk now serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation.
Mr. Emilio A. Perales is a retired Army Veteran who served over 21 years in uniform (1986-2008). During his time of service, he witnessed the Berlin Wall being removed while stationed in West Germany. He served in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 4 and 6. Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Perales had already settled in Central Texas and was very active in the real estate industry. In 2001 he became a Licensed Agent in the State of Texas, by 2005 he became a Licensed Broker. He is the owner of Vista Real Estate and 3 Nex-Gen Development LLC. Mr. Perales is active in the Central Texas community and his many associations and philanthropic efforts include serving as the MLS Chairman of the Temple Belton Board of Realtors, Director in the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors, as well as serving on the MLS/Technology Committee for the Texas Association of Realtors. Mr. Perales was the Treasurer for 3 years in the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights. Mr. Perales is a member of AUSA, Killeen Chamber of Commerce, Belton Chamber of Commerce, Temple Chamber of Commerce, and 13th COSCOM Association as well as participating in a variety of fundraising efforts for the community and Fort Cavazos. Mr. Perales serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Terry Tuggle is a native of Odessa, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Tuggle serves as the Chairman of the Board of First Heroes National Bank and First National Bank of Texas. Mr. Tuggle has a legendary reputation for public service in Central Texas. He is the recipient of the coveted Roy J. Smith Award for Public Service, and holds the rare designation of "Fort Cavazos Good Neighbor," a select group of civilians singled out for their service to Soldiers and their Families. Mr. Tuggle's many professional and philanthropic affiliations include: Association of Military Banks of America, Board of Directors; Association of United States Army, Board of Directors and Past President; Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors; Killeen Industrial Foundation, Board of Directors and Past President; Killeen Independent School District Educational Foundation, Board of Directors; Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs & Local Affairs Chairman and Past President (twice); United Way, Financial Institution Chairman; Killeen/Harker Heights Rotary Club; Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Area Advisor and member of the Legislative Committee; Scott & White Hospital, Board of Visitors; former Vive Les Arts, Board of Directors and Boy Scouts of America (Longhorn Council) Advisor. Mr. Tuggle serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Johnny Wade, a native of Lampasas, Texas, started in construction at Ft. Cavazos, Texas in 1972. Eventually, he left to further pursue his career in construction. After working for others, Johnny eventually started Wade Steel Construction, a Class A general contracting company exclusively providing structural steel construction. With the primary focus on building on military installations, the access fostered further respect for the military. After building all over California for the military, Johnny decided to give up construction and avocado farming to move back to his home and become the third generation of his family to ranch and farm in Lampasas. In addition to ranching/farming, Johnny rehabbed many buildings in Lampasas and eventually purchased Lampasas Hardware, opened Mesquite Creek special events facility, AA Mini Storage, Nocked & Loaded Lampasas, and Nocked & Loaded Killeen. Johnny has previously served as a Lampasas Chamber of Commerce board member, is currently a member of Harker Heights Rotary, and Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wade serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
Born in Texarkana, Justin Webb has quite a few places that he can call home. He graduated from high school in Tyler, Texas in 2000 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2001. He was completing his MOS training in September 2001 when the United States was attacked on 9/11. After serving in the Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defense group, he transferred to Infantry and deployed to Iraq during the 2003 invasion with the 2nd Battalion 6th Marines as a part of Task Force Tarawa and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Iraq and serving in Okinawa, Japan, Justin attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he studied Physics, Anthropology, and Philosophy. While attending college, he was one of only a handful of students nationwide to be selected for the United States Navy’s Bachelors’ Degree Completion Program, which allowed him to remain on active duty while completing his undergraduate degrees. Justin attended Navy Officer Candidate School in 2009 and volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan from 2012 to 2014 during Operation Enduring Freedom. After his tour in Afghanistan, he went back into the Navy Reserves, working in Intel with Special Operations Command (SOC) South and SOC Central, deploying multiple times to the Middle East in support of these groups. Justin then began working in the Finance and Real Estate industries, completing both his MBA and Master of Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2018 and 2019. He has spent the past six years volunteering with the Dallas Symphony and joined the Tulane Fund Advisory Board. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife of three years and Catahoula-Pit rescue dog, Belleau Wood. Mr. Webb serves as a Director on the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.