Peggy and Chris Cassidy. (Courtesy photo)

By Chris Cassidy

I moved up here last year when I started my job as president and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation in Arlington. 

Prior to moving to DFW, my wife Peggy and I lived in the Houston/Clear Lake area close to the NASA-Johnson Space Center where I worked for 17 years after being selected as an astronaut in 2004. 

We have five kids between us with two of them living in the DFW area, which is great. Our other children are in various locations across the U.S. 

The Medal of Honor Museum and offices are in Arlington so, if you extend out a 30-minute commute circle centered there, you pretty much have the entire metroplex at your disposal. We felt there would be many opportunities to find a home. 

Our top of the list “like to haves” included a pool, nice quiet neighborhood, and enough space for all the kids to come home during the holidays and summer to enjoy time together. It proved to be far more difficult than expected with the housing market at the time. We submitted many, many bids with no success. 

We finally purchased a home in Keller, near the border with North Richland Hills. Since there was so much competition, I think it was luck. We were meant to have it. 

It’s a nice, peaceful area with a pool and a backyard hangout area. That’s what I love, especially cooling off in the pool at the end of the day. 

The location of our home has other great community assets such as plenty of shopping within a close radius, and since I travel a lot, convenient access to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.  

I can sit in my backyard and look up into space, where I spent about a year of my life. A lot of people don’t realize you can see the space station fly by with your naked eye. There are apps which can tell you the exact time, location, and direction to look up into the sky. It’s fun for me to see it pass by like a shooting star from a different perspective now that I am no longer aboard. I think about my fellow astronauts and friends who are up there wondering what they are thinking, doing, and recognizing how we have been so lucky to experience this unique view of Earth.

From ~250 miles above Earth, you don’t see any of the chaos happening on the ground. You don’t see borders, conflicts, or traffic on Interstate 30. All you see is the swirling blue, bright green, and brown colors of our personal spaceship for nearly eight billion people which we all call home.

In August 2021, the board of directors for the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation selected Chris Cassidy to be president and CEO, where he now leads the project to build the Museum, Leadership Institute and Monument. Cassidy  is a retired Navy SEAL and a chief astronaut for NASA. He is a veteran of three space flights and ten space walks.

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Total population: 39,641 

Female: 51% Male: 49% 

Age: 

Age

0-9: 13%

10-19: 18%

20-29: 7%

30-39: 11%

40-49: 14%

50-59: 17%

60-69: 12%

70-79: 5%

80 and older: 3%

Education

No degree: 4%

High school: 13%

Some college: 26%

Bachelor’s degree: 38%

Post-graduate: 19%

Race

White: 78% | Asian: 6% | Hispanic: 11% | Black: 2% | Two or more: 3%

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Keller High School 

Keller Compass Center 

Keller Middle School 

Keller-Harvel Elementary 

Bear Creek Intermediate School 

Willis Lane Elementary 

Ridgeview Elementary 

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Bob Francis

Bob Francis is business editor for fortworthreport.org. He has been covering business news locally and nationally for many years. He can be reached at bob.francis@fortworthreport.org