Hunter, formerly a congressman representing California’s 52nd Congressional District (San Diego), said he was in town as his son, Robert S. “Sam” Hunter, prepares to start a new hotshot transport that will be located in Beeville.
Hunter was chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, and he met with Bee Development Authority Joe B. Montez while in the city.
The visitor said he still has connections in the defense industry and could possibly help find aviation-related companies interested in leasing the facilities that Kay and Associates and Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance are expected to vacate at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex at the end of this year.
Hunter was accompanied by local oil and gas businessman Clark Welder. They also met with County Judge David Silva while here.
Hunter was a first lieutenant in the 75th Ranger Regiment attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam from 1970 until 1971.
His son, Sam, recently left the U.S. Army after serving in Iraq.
His company is the R.S. Hunter LLC Transport and Equipment company.
The company will provide forklifts and lights for oil field operations.