Last week, San Marcos Academy presented the Captain Paul W. Peña Memorial Scholarship for the second consecutive year to SMA junior Chris Germer.
The scholarship was established at SMA via gifts by friends and family in honor of Peña, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in January 2010. Peña graduated from SMA in 2000 and entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point before deploying. The scholarship is presented each year to a student who demonstrates loyalty, integrity and leadership.
Kyle resident Cecilia Peña, mother of Paul Peña, was present on Oct. 9 to present the scholarship to Germer. Germer, a Maxwell resident, is a fifth-year SMA student and battalion command sergeant major in the school’s JROTC program. He is also president of the junior class and a member of the Student Council. Germer is a member of the Maxwell Volunteer Fire Department, where he became certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and use of the Automated External Defibrillator. He also assists with the sound and lights for SMA productions and presentations in the Robinson Christian Center.
Peña was an Eagle Scout and participated in SMA’s JROTC program. After graduating from West Point in 2004, Peña entered active duty military service and deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Peña went to Afghanistan to command a unit sometime after the summer of 2009.
On Jan. 19, 2010, Peña volunteered for patrol duty with one of his platoons to search for a weapons cache in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. While on patrol, the blast from a roadside bomb killed him and another soldier, and wounded five others. At the time of his death, Peña commanded Company A, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He was 27.Email | Print