There’s nothing quite like the power of community spirit. At Blue Skies of Texas in San Antonio, you will find that our rich community spirit is what makes this place so welcoming to older adults from all backgrounds—and it’s what gives us the resilience to overcome any challenge that comes our way.

Of course, this year has been full of challenges, but our community’s strength and the attitude of camaraderie that resonates throughout our neighborhoods have helped us tackle 2020 head-on. As we reflect on this year and look ahead to a brighter future, one thing will always remain: We’re here for each other, and here for you through it all.

On November 17, a national icon visited Blue Skies of Texas. While on tour from its native New Mexico all the way to its eventual spot on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the Capitol Christmas Tree visited us, where it was greeted by members of the community along with their families and friends. Family photo in front of the Capitol Christmas Tree

Blue Skies of Texas resident, Lt Col Tom Carter Lt. Col. Tom Carter Blue Skies of Texas resident Retired Lt. Col. Thomas Carter is a man in motion. His sense of purpose originates from his 28 years in the United States Air Force where he oversaw aircraft maintenance training and aircraft maintainers in combat flying units.

A love of aircraft—and flyers

Growing up in Portsmouth, VA, Tom was familiar with the Navy life. His father served in the Navy, and his hometown of Cradock was a planned community developed in 1918 to support the work force at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. But Tom’s love of aircraft and his cousin’s influence led him to the Air Force. “I was in my high school’s marching band and liked the discipline,” Tom shared. So, he chose to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the VA Tech Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC program.

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