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Airport Rangers Ready to Celebrate First Decade

November 15, 2013

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  The Houston Airports Ranger Program is getting ready to celebrate its 10 year anniversary.
The Houston Airports Ranger Program will be celebrating an exciting milestone in December, as the unique and popular program reaches its 10 year anniversary.

Created in December 2003, the Ranger program brings an important added layer of security to the overall operation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, while also offering equine enthusiasts access to some of the most beautiful riding trails found anywhere in the Houston region.

“The program has succeeded because it combines a number of key elements that are vitally important to most Houstonians,” says Carl Newman, General Manager at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. “The program gives participants a sense that they’re serving their community, there’s a strong social aspect to the program and the rides offer a deep connection to the traditions of this area.”

Newman says that because of those elements, the program not only continues to grow in regards to the number of participants but it’s also expanding into new circles by attracting attention from leaders in both the political arena as well as the business sector.

Previous rides have been attended by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Houston City Council member Jack Christie, as well as key staff members from the U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate and a host of key economic leaders from Houston’s business community.

“That’s been a key aspect to the overall growth that we’ve enjoyed over the past 10 years,” says Chief External Affairs Officer Saba Abashawl. “Security will always be the Rangers’ primary focus but the networking aspect of the program has really taken on a life of its own and I think that’s because of the unique and fun nature of the program.”

The Houston Airports Ranger Program will officially mark the arrival of its 10th anniversary on December 7, 2013.
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