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Cypress City Council honors veteran Thomas Barrera for service

As part of the Cypress quarterly Veterans Recognition Program, the Cypress City Council honored local veteran Thomas Barrera for his service to the country.

Mr. Barrera joined the United States Air Force in April 1953, completed basic training at Parks Air Force Base in California and transferred to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas for technical training. Afterwards, he served as a flight engineer at various postings, mostly in the Pacific.

He received an honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1957 and afterwards worked at North American Aviation (now Boeing) on the Apollo program and later the Space Shuttle program, ultimately retiring in 1994.

Mr. Barrera has been married to his high school sweetheart Rose since 1947 and they have lived in Cypress since 1965. Together they have four sons and a number of grandchildren.

A portrait and brief biography of Mr. Barrera will be on display at Cypress City Hall for the next several months.

To nominate someone for the Veterans Recognition Program, complete the form available through the City of Cypress website. Honorees may be living or deceased.

The Cypress City Council honors Air Force veteran Thomas Barrera at the City Council meeting on Feb. 11, 2019. Photo by Katie Wiedel.
The Cypress City Council honors Air Force veteran Thomas Barrera at the City Council meeting on Feb. 11, 2019. Photo by Katie Wiedel.