Mel Hamner Works Hard for His Community


In 1990, the U.S. Air Force transferred Mel and Mary Hamner to Austin’s Bergstrom Air Base. When Mel retired four years later, Mel retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, they moved their family to Elgin. Their family includes six children, 19 grandchildren and two great-grand-children.


In Elgin, Mel earned recognition by working with downtown storefront businesses to form the Southside Merchants Association, which took on the challenge of restoring aging buildings in downtown Elgin. The family joined the Family Worship Center, where Mel served on the Mission Council. As Head Usher, Mel is responsible for overseeing the work of a dozen ushers.


Now residents of Tahitian Village, Mel served on the board of the Tahitian Village Property Owners Association and lead a project to remove the hundreds of burned trees that have scarred the landscape since the 2011 fires. Working with Pastor Nava, he is also working with the Open Door Kitchen Mission to help feed less fortunate residents and house the homeless.


Although not a member of the National Guard himself, Mel is known locally for hosting six successful golf tournaments in support of the National Guard Association of Texas. Funds raised from the golf tournaments help distressed families in a variety of ways, such as paying for emergency travel to visit a wounded soldier at hospitals in Germany or Washington D.C. The money also goes toward college education of Guardsmen offspring via scholarships of $500 or $1,000 through the NGAT Educational Foundation.




Mel and Mary Hamner’s family includes six children, 19 grandchildren and two great-grand-children

Mel Hamner worked with the Tahitian Village Property Owners Association to coordinate removal of dead trees remaining from the 2011 Bastrop fire. 

Mel receives a Texas Military Forces Award for helping the Best Warrior Competition with the Golf Tournment.

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Jan Schwindt- Treasuer                  PO Box 206, Bastrop, TX 78602-0206

Cash donations may be made out to Mel Hamner and mailed to the address above