U.S. Army Captain Paul Peña.
The body of U.S. Army Captain Paul Peña, killed in action in Afghanistan last week, will return home Tuesday.
The airplane carrying Peña’s body is scheduled to arrive at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday. A meeting spot is planned at 12:15 p.m. at Live Oak Civic Center, 8181 Pat Booker Road in Live Oak. A caravan will proceed from there to the air base. Anyone planning to enter the air base will need to contact Randolph officials ahead of time so they will know who and how many to expect on base.
Peña’s remains will arrive in San Marcos this afternoon. The motorcade accompanying his remains is expected to arrive from Randolph AFB in San Marcos at approximately 2:15 (could be later) according to the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD). The motorcade will exit at SH 123, go up Guadalupe Street to LBJ Drive, then on Hopkins Street to Comanche Street to Pennington Funeral Home (turning around the Hays County Courthouse).
Escorts along the drive from San Antonio will include Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Schertz Police Department, Cibolo Police Department, Universal City Police Department, Comal County Sheriff’s Office, New Braunfels Police Department, Seguin Police Department, Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, San Marcos Police Department, Hays County Precinct 1 Constable and possibly others. The San Antonio Patriot Guard will assist as an escort.
Fire trucks should be parked at the major overpasses along the highway; traffic entering the highway will be shut down as the procession goes by. The San Marcos Fire Department and New Braunfels Fire Department will have two ladder trucks set up on the Posey Road overpass starting at 1:30 p.m. The ladders will be raised with an American Flag displayed between them.
Pena’s family will receive friends Thursday, 5-9 p.m., at San Marcos Baptist Academy (SMBA). A memorial service will follow at the same location with Reverend Dr. Mark Miller officiating.
Family will receive friends Friday at 10 a.m. at St. John’s the Evangelist, 128 South Audubon Drive in San Antonio. A mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. with Father Stuart Juleen officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Peña, 27, of San Marcos, died on Jan. 19 in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Daniel Menard called Peña a “recognized leader” among his peers. He further said, “Peña was a quiet professional. He always had a smile on his face and was admired by his soldiers.”
Peña’s mother, Cecilia Peña, is a long-time music teacher at Kyle Elementary School in Hays CISD.Email | Print