Purpose and Goals:
From the early 1950s until the early 1990s Squadron Four was a leading unit in the Texas Aggie Cadet Corps. Under the
nicknames of “the Four Aces,” “Phantom Four” and “Phoenix Four” the outfit was an Aggieland home and source of pride
for scores of us who were its members. Squadron 4 established a tradition of leadership and excellence that was achieved
by few other corps units. During the major corps reorganization in 1959 Squadron Four was the only corps unit that
remained intact rather than having its members reassigned to other units in an attempt to eliminate some unit traditions
and practices that were regarded as detrimental to academic achievement and corps retention.
As the number of participants in the Corps of Cadets decreased during the late 80s and 90s a number of units were
deactivated. In 1991 Squadron Four and Squadron Ten were both deactivated and combined to form the unit now known as
Squadron Eight. The 1992 Commander of Squadron 8 was the former First Sergeant of Squadron Four - indicating that at the
time of its deactivation Squadron 4 was a sound and strong unit - not one deactivated, as was sometime the practice, to
eliminate a unit with bad leadership, retention, grades or other undesirable qualities.
In the recent past there has been renewed vitality in the A&M Corps of Cadets with membership numbers increasing. There
are various reasons for the corps growth including new programs promoting recruitment and retention initiated under the
leadership of Commandant Joe R. Ramirez, Jr., BG(R). As a result of continued interest by a number of former Squadron Four
members to have the unit again become active in the Corps of Cadets, Gen. Ramirez reactivated Squadron 4 on August 24, 2013.
Over 100 former Squadron 4 members and their families participated in the reactivation ceremony along with current Squadron 4
members. It was a celebratory day filled with past and present memories of Squadron 4 and how it will shape the lives of
generations to come. The day began with Fish Review and tours of the Buzbee Leadership Learning Center. The reactivation
ceremony took place at the Sanders Corps Center followed by a reception. A luncheon was held at the Koldus building where
the Commandant of Cadets, BG (R) Joe E. Ramirez Jr., spoke about his enthusiasm for the reactivation of Squadron 4. Finally
a tour of the Williams Alumni Center was given by Kathryn Greenwade, VP Association of Former Students.
While the reactivation has already occurred, funds are still needed. Below are multiple ways you can contribute.
Squadron 4 Legacy Fund:
- Squadron 4 Legacy Group Member: $100.00 donation and you will receive a Squadron Four coin.
- Squadron Four Legacy Group Element Leader: $250.00 donation and you will receive a Squadron Four coin,
and a Squadron Four Element Leader wall plaque
- Squadron Four Legacy Group Flight Leader: $500.00 donation and you will receive a Squadron Four coin,
and a Squadron Four Legacy Group Flight Leader wall plaque
- Squadron Four Legacy Group ACE: $1,000.00 donation and you will receive a Squadron Four coin, and a
Lucite paper weight with ACE inscription and containing Squadron Four coin.
You can also donate by making a check payable to Corps of Cadets Association and writing “Squadron Four Legacy Fund” on the
memo line and mailing it to:
Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association
Attn: Squadron 4 Fund
1134 Finfeather Road
Bryan, Texas 77803
If you would like to pledge multiple years please download the form
and mail in. You can also donate below using a credit card.
Thanks for your donation,
Jim Thompson, ‘68
2626 Cole Avenue, Suite 700
Dallas, Texas 75204
The Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and your gift is tax
NOTE: The minimum Gift Amount is $100