19th Annual Red, White & Blue Veterans Appreciation Banquet

Tickets are now on sale for the 19th Annual Red, White & Blue Veterans Appreciation Banquet set for Saturday, November 11, 2023 at the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center.  Doors open at 5pm and the program begins at 6pm.  

Red, White & Blue Veterans of Bastrop County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  We raised $15,000 in 2022 through the sale of veteran appreciation banquet and raffle tickets as well as donations and sponsorships that were distributed back through veterans’ service organizations within the county to be used through their benevolent funds to help veterans and their families.  Some of the funds were also donated to the Bastrop County Veterans Honor Guard and the Bastrop and Elgin High School NJROTC to support their programs.     

We’d love for you to become part of our committee.  Our next scheduled meetings are on September 18th, October 16th and November 6th.  All meetings take place at the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce starting at 6:30PM.

Please call 512-629-6590 or 951-805-2272 for more information or go to our Facebook page: Red, White & Blue Veterans of Bastrop County or send an e-mail to rwbveteransofbastropcounty@gmail.com

Major General Robert W. Parker, USAF, Retired

Major General Parker received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the St. Michael’s College Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1963. He served in various ground and airborne missile launch operations positions, including missile combat crew commander, airborne launch control system crew member, instructor, evaluator, nuclear weapons plans officer and commander of two strategic missile wings. He also held key Department of Defense positions as Senior Military Adviser to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; Director, On-Site Inspection Agency; and Deputy of Operations, Air Force Space Command. He is a Command Missileer and was a member of the initial cadre of airborne launch control system crews that were certified combat ready in a new weapons system. He is a Senior Officer Aircrew Member with 800 hours of flight time. Major General Parker retired after serving as the Commander of 20th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, where he was dual-hatted as the ICBM Task Force commander for U.S. Strategic Command. In this role he was responsible for the nation’s Minuteman ICBM force, including two operational missile wings and two missile groups with more than 11,000 assigned personnel.

Following his military career he served as the Vice President, Property & Casualty Group, USAA; President of DynSpace with DYNCORPS, Inc.; and finally, as Head of Air Force Marketing for Computer Sciences Corporation before fulling retiring in 2015.  Since then, he has served as a board member of the Association of Air Force Missileers, Dominion HOA, Bridge to History that connects today’s youth with WWII history, San Antonio WWII Honor Flight where he participated as an escort for 13 WWII veteran Honor Flights and has also escorted veterans on Gary Sinise’s Soaring Valor Flights.  He has also been active in the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center, San Antonio Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council and Congressman Chip Roy Veteran Advisory Group.

During Major General Parker’s distinguished military career, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Airman’s Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Outstanding Unit Award, the Combat Readiness Medal and the National Defense Service Medal with service star.

He resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Support Our Veterans

Attend The Banquet

Purchase either a Veteran Ticket or a Standard Ticket and join us for a wonderful night celebrating our
Bastrop County Veterans

Become A Sponsor

Would you like to purchase 8 or more tickets? Sponsorships are available from $100 and up. Buy a table or gift tickets to deserving veterans

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Our Mission

“The mission of the Red, White and Blue Veterans of Bastrop County is to support local Veterans organizations and to assist individual Veterans in need in our community.”