It’s been almost 50 years since the 1972 class of Squadron Six walked the campus of Texas A&M — plenty of time for all statutes of limitations to run their course for any mischief the group of cadets caused while students at A&M, United States Secretary of Energy and former Squadron Six member Rick Perry joked Saturday.
On the invitation by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, a ’72 Squadron Six cadet himself, 13 former members of the squadron class met for their annual reunion as a part of the chancellor’s tailgate. Perry, who served as governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, was in attendance.
A video presentation in honor of the former cadets featured some of their greatest accomplishments while students at A&M. Three Squadron Six members held office with student government, including Sharp as president and Perry as social secretary. In 1971, members of the squadron also released orange-painted armadillos onto Kyle Field while the Texas band performed at halftime.
Both Sharp and Perry were key in returning Squadron Six to the Corps of Cadets after it was removed in 1992.
As the video played, members from the squadron watched as photos from 1972 were compared to campus today, in all of its evolution.
“The campus changes so often,” Perry said. “I don’t think there has ever been a building plan that has been more robust than what we are on.”