Killeen: Local man named to Texas Military Preparedness Commission

Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick K. Akuna (left) during his assumption of responsibility ceremony at Fort Hood. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Foster, Division West Public Affairs)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Patrick Akuna, a Killeen Army retiree, was appointed Thursday to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission by Gov. Greg Abbott, joining three other commission members who were re-appointed.

Army Command Sgt. Major Akuna “served in every leadership position in the Infantry starting from fire team leader to division command sergeant major, First Army Division West, Fort Hood and the Task Force Phantom command sergeant major, III Armored corps, Fort Hood, prior to retiring in 2017,” the governor’s announcement issued Thursday said.

Akuna was joined in the announcement by current commission members Carol Ann Bonds, Ph.D of San Angelo, retired superintendent of San Angelo Independent School District, retired newspaper publisher Darrell Coleman, of Wichita Falls and Garry Bradford of Corpus Christi, owner, president, and CEO of Unique Employment Service and Bradford Holding Company, consisting of multiple Professional Employer Organizations, all of whom Abbott re-appointed for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2025.

Coleman is a public relations consultant for the Patterson Auto Group and is retired from a 35 year career in the newspaper industry with the E.W. Scripps Company, where he served as president and publisher of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Wichita Falls Times Record News.

Akuna completed all levels of the Non-Commissioned Officers Education System, the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class, and received an Associate of Science in General Education-Criminal Justice from Troy State University, and is a member of the Fort Hood Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, the governor’s office news release says.

Akuna’s military decorations include: Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.