By Trishna Buch
Last issue we announced the eight inductees for the 2017 Hall of Honor and Legacy Hall of Texas City Independent School District’s Foundation for The Future to be honored in late October for their professional accomplishments as well as their willingness to give of their time and talents as volunteers both at home and abroad. TCISD Foundation for The Future is a 501c3 non-profit organization which was established to “support the educational programs for both students and staff” of TCISD. Furthermore, it also provides money to programs that have either been underfunded or not funded at all by the district’s operating budget. And since the main aim of the Foundation is to facilitate student achievement, it is not surprising that the Legacy Hall and Hall of Honor were created to recognize Texas City and La Marque graduates who have excelled in their fields and/or contributed greatly to their communities.
Captain Steven Mount has done exactly this. As a member of the military, Captain Mount works day in and day out to ensure the safety of people all over America through the various roles he has played. When I asked him how he felt about being selected to be included in the Foundation’s Hall of Honor, he told me that he was “shocked”. He said that he never expected to be nominated, but—after speaking to him—I am not surprised.
Captain Mount’s military career began 13 years ago, in 2004, when he was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. After spending a few years in that location, he went to the Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, where he received his pilot training. He told me that one of his requirements of the training was to select an aircraft, which he would work with for the entirety of his training program. “I selected the EC 130H Compass Call which was an electronic warfare aircraft.” For a five-year period, Captain Mount used the aircraft to assist the Joint Task Force in an attempt to eradicate terrorism.
After his time in Del Rio, Captain Mount was approached by a friend to apply to the U-2 Squadron. He told me that he wasn’t sure if the application would lead to anything, since “the U-2 doesn’t just accept the new person”, he took his chances anyway. “I was accepted and I’ve bene there for two years now.” As a member of the U-2 Squadron, Captain Mount conducts high altitude reconnaissance missions. He told me that he has conducted missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea and Syria. “We fly above 70,000 feet when we fly reconnaissance missions and have to wear a q space suit.”
A 2004 graduate of Texas City High School, Captain Mount is still connected to his roots. Although he is now stationed in California, he told me that “the first reconnaissance squadron was founded in Texas City in 1913 and I am now part of the first reconnaissance squadron out here at Beale Air Force Base in
California, because air force squadrons move locations throughout the years.” What an interesting tidbit of information!
Captain Mount was born in Houston, spent a few years in Alaska due to his father’s career in the Coast Guard and then moved to Texas City when he was 11. I wanted to know he felt about being selected into the Foundation’s Hall Of Honor. He said: “It’s is an honor. I just want to be an example to all Texas City students. I want to show them that they are capable of anything and that anything is possible with hard work and belief in yourself. I want them to know they can be and achieve anything they put their mind to.”
The Post congratulates Captain Mount on his selection! Stay tuned for stories about the other inductees. ?