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The 4th Air Wing of the Texas State Guard made a visit to the hospital to hand out donated toys

ABILENE, Texas -
Christmas came early for several sick kids at Hendrick Children's Hospital Thursday.

"Unfortunately we’re in the hospital so it doesn't quite feel like home," said Olivia Brigham whose daughter is at Hendrick Children’s Hospital.

The 4th Air Wing of the Texas State Guard made a visit to the hospital to hand out donated gifts.

The event is called "Young Heroes of the Guard" and this is the first year Hendrick Children's Hospital has been included in it.

"It was surprising, I didn't know. It was very exciting. We went in there and there were so many friendly faces and presents and our daughter was just so elated and so excited to pick out her presents," said Brigham.

"It's a pleasure just to watch these kids come in and they're just having a good time and that's just a good feeling," said First Lt. Don Howe of the 4th Air Wing.

The goal is to leave a year's worth of toys behind at every hospital they visit. Where do the toys come from?

"The toys came from all the men and women of the different Air Support Groups and the 4th Air Wing and they bought these and they donated them," said Howe.

This year the 4th Air Wing visited more than 900 hospital beds around Texas with one goal in mind.

"For them to have a Merry Christmas," Howe said.

"It makes it feel a little bit more like home," said Brigham.

To donate toys to the Young Heroes of the Guard mail them to 2200 W. 35th Street, Building 32, Austin, TX 78763

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Texas State Guard HQ delivered 1,500 toys

Group Photo of TXSG Personnel and Hospital staffA few days before Christmas, members of the Texas State Guard HQ delivered 1,500 toys to Dell Children's Hospital in Austin. This was the third year that the group collected for this hospital and it was the largest delivery so far. SGT John Gately of the J6 section headed up the drive supported by COL Joe Jelinski, TXSG CSM Bell and MSG Lightfoot.

SGT Gately has been collecting toys for this drive for the last 4 years. He started with the 19th Regiment and their toy drive at Dallas Children's hospital and when he transferred to HQ, he continued the work to benefit a hospital in Austin. During the last 4 toy drives, SGT Gately has collected almost 4,000 toys. When asked why he is so passionate about this effort he stated; " when I was 6 years old, I broke my leg. When he got out of the hospital, his parents had gotten him a stuffed teddy bear, and he remembers how happy it made him. Now he wants to help bring the same joy to other children."

This year he had a special helper. His son PFC Jacob Gately helped him with the toy collection and he's hoping the "addiction" catches on for him, too.

Texas State Guard held a change of command and retirement

Story by: LTC Cendy Antley

LUBBOCK, Texas - On December 14, 2013, the 2nd Battalion, 39th Regiment, Texas State Guard held a change of command and retirement. LTC Jeremy Franklin left command after three years to assume the Executive Officer position for the regiment. CPT Philip Mammen assumed command of the 2nd Battalion after holding the Personnel and Administration Officer slot for the past 6 years. SGM Michael Parton was also retired during the ceremony. He was laterally promoted to Command Sergeant Major and well as received the Texas Superior Service Medal for his 48 combined years of service to our state and country.

Change of Command
Change of Command
CSM Parton
CSM Parton

 

4th Regiment holds Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive

Story by: CW2 Janet Schmelzer, PAO, 4th Regiment
 
Posted: 10-DEC-13

Toy Drive PosterFORT WORTH, TX--The 4th Regiment is holding its fifth Young Heroes of the Texas State Guard Toy Drive on December 14 to patients at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.
 
The Texas State Guard is honored to provide community service support for this toy drive.  This event is another way to give back to the community and live up to our motto "Texans Serving Texans."  This is one of the most rewarding community service events for the TXSG because we are helping children and  parents at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth to have a brighter and happier holiday season.
 
Collection boxes have been placed around the DFW metroplex and the good people of DFW have donated the toys. 

Strangers come together to give homeless Army veteran a proud send-off

Posted By: 7-DEC-13

DALLAS, Texas - Don Hart was a homeless man who lost his way in the world, but was finally found.

He now rests among the neat rows of markers at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. He received a military funeral Thursday afternoon, with gratitude from soldiers and veterans who never knew him thanks to LTC-Chaplain Billy Corn and others who have made it their mission to take care of these heroes. LTC Corn has for years quietly and without fanfare made it a priority in his life to ensure these homeless veteran were not alone when laid to rest.

More than two dozen Patriot Guard Riders paid respects. An honor guard folded the flag. "Nobody knows this man here. Not one of us,” said Patriot Guard Ride Captain Rick Crabb. “But he's home with heroes now." The honors were earned a lifetime ago in Vietnam -- that much we know. "We know he's an Army vet. We know he served honorably from '71 to '73,"

And they were mourners, though strangers. “I’m just so sad this man had no family to be found. We’re his family,” Linda Tinnerman said. Tears dripped from beneath her sunglasses. She received the folded flag, just as she received her husband’s flag nearly nine years ago. We've learned that Don Hart was well known as “JD” on the streets and in the shelters in Fort Worth and Dallas. And that a formerly-homeless friend took him in just hours before Hart died. "He was looking pretty sick," Chester Williams told us. "He was a friend of mine. A real good friend of mine.”

Williams said he found Don Hart sitting outside the VA hospital one day in late September. "So I told him, 'JD, why don't you come to the house and clean yourself up?' He said, 'OK,'" Williams said.
Williams said his friend “liked a ruckus,” but was kind. That he took to sleeping outside because he didn’t like shelter rules. Caseworkers who tried to get “JD” off the streets preferred to call him private. They liked him. Williams said he cooked Hart dinner the night he died.

“I was reading my Bible,” Williams said, “and he said, 'Why don’t you just read it out loud?'” He said Hart fell asleep on the sofa. Sometime in the night, he passed away. The cause of death was heart disease. No next of kin were found. "He died at peace,” Chester Williams said. “You could tell, he died at peace." Williams is glad his friend got a dignified burial. “It’s a very peaceful place,” he said. “Very honorable place. I’m glad he’s finally home.” Don Hart was 62. He is no longer homeless thanks for LTC Corn and others who will always remember.

Gifts for the Troops

Posted: 30 Nov 13

Military troops overseas are going to receive some very special Christmas gifts thanks to service groups from Grapevine.

This is the 4th annual care package drive and it was created by specialist Colin O'Brien from the Texas state guard. The group had 1 box the first year, 74 last year and this year it's more than doubled to 188 packages full of snacks, chocolates, pencils, Christmas cards, hygiene products and much more.

"We're not forgetting about the troops overseas sacrificing what they're doing for us so this is our little way of giving them a little piece of home saying you're not forgotten and Merry Christmas," said Spc O'Brien

This year the Grapevine Elks, The Senior Citizens Center, The Odd Fellows and the Masonic Lodge all donated items and money to cover shipping costs.

Thanksgiving Day 2013

Thanksgiving Day is a truly unique American holiday that brings all of us together, regardless of our many faiths and cultural backgrounds. Traditionally, we gather with family and friends to reflect on the year past, and give thanks for the blessings and freedoms we enjoy as Americans. It is a time when we stop for a moment from our busy schedules and share food, family, and fellowship.

I am very thankful for each of you--Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and family members.

I am also thankful to our friends and partners in the Texas Military Department, Texas Army and Air National Guard, Texas Department of Emergency Management, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Department of Public Safety among our other friends and partners for the hospitality and warm reception they have provided the State Guard as an organization.

I also encourage you to take the time today to reflect on those things that you and your families are thankful for. Take care and all the best. Happy Thanksgiving!


M.A. Rodriguez
Major General (TX)
Commanding

4th Regiment - Texas State Guard Soldier Leads Color Guard at 2013 George W. Bush Tournament

TEXAS STATE GUARD SOLDIER LEADS COLOR GUARD AT 2013 GEORGE W. BUSH TOURNAMENT

Story by: CW2 Janet Schmelzer, PAO, 4th Regiment
 
Posted: 26-OCT-13
 

Photo of Color Guard
SGT Edward Thomas honored
to present the Colors

IRVING, TX—Texas State Guard (TXSG) SGT Edward Thomas, 4th Regiment, led the Joint Services Color Guard at the George W. Bush Warrior Open Tournament at Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas, on September 27-28, 2013.   SGT Thomas represented the Texas State Guard in the Joint Services Color Guard along with soldiers of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

SGT Thomas is a member of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment Color Guard.   The 2nd Battalion Color Guard, known for its precision, has presented the Colors at numerous TXSG and community events throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other parts of the state.  Having trained with the Joint Services Color Guard previously, SGT Thomas was asked to perform the National Colors position. 

After each Colors presentation, President George W. Bush shook hands with each member of the Color Guard. 

“I am humbled by these experiences,”  commented SGT Thomas, “and I know in my heart that I hold in me what the 4th Regiment encompasses--HONOR AND DUTY.”   “I cherish and appreciate these moments more than words can say, because I know my fellow soldiers are all with me.”

The Military Service Initiative program of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas, honors the courage and sacrifice of United States military personnel and their families.   The Warrior Open is a two-day, 36-hole golf tournament for military personnel wounded in the war against terrorism.

Taylor, Texas - Everyone remembers where they were

LTC Cendy Antley, PAO, TXSG 2nd Regiment
2013/10/08

Photo of NYFD FiretruckTAYLOR, Texas – Everyone remembers where they were on certain days in history. September 11, 2001 is no different. Twelve years later, three soldiers from the Texas State Guard answered the call to participate in a special event.

CPL Timothy Godwin, SFC D. DeWayne Philpott (shown walking beside Rescue 4) and 1LT Henry Burton with the 2nd Regiment, and 3rd Battalion participated in the annual Patriot Day Parade remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11. They were honored by being asked to walk alongside the only surviving NYFD fire truck from ground zero on that fateful day. NYFD Rescue 4 was one of the emergency vehicles initially responding to the disaster and was later pieced together from other trucks which were at the scene. The truck travels the country in honor of the precious lives lost.

These soldiers responded to this event with little notice and left with an abundance of honor and pride.