Salute to Our Heroes

Salute to Our Heroes honors the brave men and women of the armed forces and first responders who serve to protect and preserve our freedoms, liberty, and life. Proceeds from this event fund scholarship endowments for graduating seniors from CFISD. The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation invests in Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Future by providing scholarships and innovative staff development programs for CFISD. This special evening is highlighted with an inspirational speaker, dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction.

Mark Tillman Head Shot

Our speaker in 2021 was Mark Tillman.

Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman was President George W. Bush’s pilot and commander of Air Force One. As the 12th Presidential pilot (2001-2009), Col. Tillman commanded AF-1 on September 11, 2001 keeping the President and his staff well protected and invisible to those that would do him harm.

Col Tillman’s distinguished career spanned 30 years in the United States Air Force. Selected to attend USAF pilot training, his flying experience includes time as a T-37 Instructor Pilot for undergraduate pilot training, C-130 transport pilot, VIP airlift as a pilot in the Gulfstream III and IV, and Presidential pilot in the VC-25 or Boeing 747.

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 2004, Col. Tillman was also promoted by President Bush to brigadier general—the first military line officer to receive this honor (not confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee). Honored to have served the White House, proud to be a member of the United States Military, Col Tillman’s career was filled with countless complex missions—responsibility that few leaders have experienced.

Past speakers include: 
Sergeant Keni Thomas , Bronze Star Recipient
LTC Steve Russell (Ret)
Colonel Martha McSally, USAF Retired
Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC Retired
Kevin Lacz, Former Navy Seal
Kris “Tanto” Paronto, Former Army Ranger
Salvatore “Sal” Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient
Mark Nutsch, Green Beret Commander
Josh Bleill, Marine Corpral

Our 2022 speaker details are coming soon! For details on sponsorship, advertisements or ticket sales, please call (281) 370-0144. Individual tickets are $125 each and $75 for military veterans and active military personnel.