Place 7 Council member
Term End Date: November 2018
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Bert Crawford was born and raised on a farm in South Texas, and grew up around people of strong Texan values, even if they were rarely talked about. It’s those values that make it easy for Bert to remember how special America really is.
Bert completed his formal studies at the University of Texas in Austin, earning a B.S. in Chemistry, a B.A. in Computer Science, and a Masters in Business Administration.
Since then, he has served our country for 38 years, as enlisted and an officer, and retired as a Navy Captain (O6). During his enlisted tour, he maintained the supply system computer on a repair ship stationed in Norfolk Virginia. After that, he was commissioned as an Ensign, trained to be a Naval Flight Officer, and qualified as an air control officer flying from an aircraft carrier stationed in Mayport, Florida. Furthermore, he helped and organized military training exercises with Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.
He also participated in drug interdiction missions flying out of Panama City and Key West, Florida, Panama - Central America and the northern part of South America. Throughout his long military career, he developed and supervised the budgeting, programming, and execution of multi-million dollar projects. Bert’s skills at negotiation are well recognized among his peers, and helped him to get involved in creating solutions for a wide range of security and anti-terrorism issues in national and international settings.
Bert is particularly proud of his service within the U.S. Diplomatic Corps as the Naval Attaché to Egypt, he monitored and guided essential negotiations between the U.S Navy and the Egyptian Government and the Egyptian Navy. After the USS Cole was attacked in 2000, he was responsible for arranging the safe passage of all U.S Navy ships transiting the Suez Canal through Egypt and the security of our ships while visiting various Egyptian ports. In his last assignment, he was the second in command of a 230 person unit responsible for air defense of more than one-third of the United States.
Time Since Retirement
Since his retirement, he has been an active Commissioner on Schertz’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P and Z), and keeps his Texas Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certificate current. In his role as a CFM on the P and Z Commission, he successfully argued for and supported the recent improvements to the City’s Uniform Development Code to protect the largest investment most of us will make in our lives - our homes. Bert also serves on the Randolph Air Force Base Advisory Board, dealing with hazardous materials (Hazmat) protocols and procedures.
According to Bert, “My experience, recognized and honed during these assignments, translates well into what is expected of City Council Members.”