Memorial for USAFA Graduate - Captain Mark “Tyler” Voss
Memorial at New Boerne Middle School Pays Homage to Boerne High School Graduate and Air Force Captain Mark “Tyler” Voss
Community Invited to Help Fund Art Installation Memorial
Boerne, Texas… (May 17, 2018) A new middle school under construction at Highway 46 East and FM 3351 near Bergheim is being named after standout Boerne student and Air Force Captain Mark “Tyler” Voss. Voss was a 2004 Boerne High School graduate, gifted pilot, and exceptional young man. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2008 and received his wings in 2010.
Captain Voss was in command of an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker in Kyrgyzstan on a combat mission to refuel other planes over Afghanistan on May 3, 2013, when a mishap brought down the plane. Captain Voss and his two crewmates all perished in the accident.
To honor Voss and his two crewmates, co-pilot Captain Victoria Pickney, and boom operator, Technical Sergeant Herman Mackey III, a memorial is being designed and will be installed in the new middle Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Middle School, scheduled to open in fall 2019 near Bergheim in eastern Kendall County.
Renowned sculptor Jerry McKenna, a Boerne resident and retired Air Force officer, has been commissioned to create a replica of the Air Force pilot’s wings insignia with a six feet wing span. This sculpted metal piece is part of a larger mixed media environment depicting a scene of Captain Voss’ plane, the open sky, and the American flag. It will be installed in a high-traffic area near the main entrance to the gymnasium.
Pictured above is a rendering of the memorial for the three airmen.
The community is invited to help fund this large-scale patriotic memorial via a gofundme page, Tyler Voss Memorial Fund, set up by the Hill Country Council for the Arts: https://uk.gofundme.com/tyler-voss-memorial-fund
There are many levels to donate; for more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Craig “Griz” Adams, project coordinator, at 210-912-6410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donors will be recognized via a plaque near the memorial.
All funds raised will be applied to the cost of the memorial, with additional funds going to support equipment and spaces dedicated to the arts at the new school.
“We are honored that our wonderful community has chosen to name the new middle school as a lasting tribute to Tyler and his military service,” said Marcy Voss, Captain Voss’ mother. “It is our hope that the wings, flag, and plane silhouette of the new memorial will inspire service and love of country in all who pass by it,” she added.
The architectural firm of record for the new school is Huckabee. The team is being led by Jeff Rodriguez, AIA, Director of Huckabee’s San Antonio office. He said “There are aeronautical design elements throughout the new middle school that tip a cap to Captain Voss and his fellow service members. The memorial anchors these elements in a significant, prominent and touching manner.”
“It has been a privilege to work with Boerne ISD and the Voss family to design this tribute to Captain Voss. “It’s through their shared vision that his story will take root and inspire the next generation,” Rodriguez said.
Contact: Rob Zeigler, HCCA, 210-422-5196