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Master Sergeant Mata was born in San Antonio, Texas on 29 October 1925.
He attended Lanier High School, graduating in 1941, after which he began
his military career in the US. Army on 6 January 1944.
He served in Central Europe and the Rhineland from 30 October 1944 to 10
June 1946. On 25 June 1946 he was released from active duty and
continued to serve in the Enlisted Reserve Corps. He enlisted in the
Texas Air National Guard on 22 March 1948 and was assigned to Detachment
C, 236th Air Service Group at Brooks Air Force Base. On 10 October 1950
his unit was mobilized for the Korean War. After service in Japan and
Korea, he was released from active duty and returned to serve with the
136th Supply Squadron at Brooks Air Force Base.
During his service with the Texas Air Guard, he played a key role in the
modernization of his unit's logistic program and in leading the unit to
exceptional levels of achievement resulting in the Air Force Outstanding
Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster and three awards of the Air Defense
Command "A" Award. He was always a role model to his unit and was widely
respected and admired as a leader of men. In addition to his
accomplishments at unit level, he served on numerous National Guard
Bureau logistics committees as well as a member of the Texas National
Guard Association Board of Directors and Legislative Task Force. He
retired 27 October 1985 as a member of the 149th Resources Management
In recognition of his 37 years service to his state and nation spanning
two wars, Chief Mata was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster,
Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with
six Oak Leaf Clusters, the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal and
numerous other awards and decorations.
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