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Texas State Guard delivers to Santa Cop

Texas State Guard delivers to Santa Cop
Editor, Grand Prairie Reporter
2009/12/17

Officer Mark Calvert, left, takes a bag of toys from Corporal Wells of the Texas State Guard, Wednesday at police headquarters. Members of the Guard donated 300 toys to Santa Cop.
Officer Mark Calvert, left, takes a bag of toys from Corporal Wells of the Texas State Guard, Wednesday at police headquarters. Members of the Guard donated 300 toys to Santa Cop.

Members of the Guard donated 300 toys to Santa Cop.Members of the Texas State Guard helped the Grand Prairie Police Department’s Santa Cop make sure underprivileged families in Grand Prairie have a merry Christmas. The Guard delivered more than 300 toys Wednesday at the Grand Prairie Police Headquarters.

After hearing last week’s plea from Santa Cop for donations to fill this year’s request for assistance, talk radio station KLIF Program Director Steve Nicholl contacted the Texas State Guard to see if there were extra toys to share from its Christmas toy program, Young Heroes of the Guard.

Lieutenant Robert Davis, spokesman for the Texas State Guard, said members worked hard and collected more than 2,200 toys for the Scottish Rite Hospital, Our Children’s House and Cook’s Children Hospital.

“We were blessed enough to have more to give, more than those hospitals could really take and keep” Lt. Davis said. “So, we are here in Grand Prairie to help in their time of need.”

While loading the Guard’s donations, Bob Allen of Grand Prairie arrived with a SUV load of toys and a $500 check from the West End Charities of Dallas. He said the charity heard of Santa Cop’s problem and the West End had some extra it could donate.

Officer Mark Calvert said with the donations from the Texas State Guard and the West End Charities, “It’s going to put us over the top.”

He added that toys not distributed this year will be stored to “give us a start for next year” or could be used to help families should a disaster occur during the next year.

Debra Willis, Santa Spot coordinator, said thanks to the media getting the word out about the group’s problem, they now have enough hams and turkeys to provide a Christmas meal for each of the families.

This year’s distribution of the toys and food is December 17.

Original article formerly on the Grand Prairie Reporter web site.

8th Civil Affairs Regiment, Texas State Guard, provides Support to Wings Over Houston Air Show

8th Civil Affairs Regiment, Texas State Guard, provides Support to Wings Over Houston Air Show
1LT Joseph Conte, 8th Regiment Public Affairs, Texas State Guard
2009/11/04

A 8th Regiment, Texas State Guard, Soldier provides flight line crowd control in front of Commemorative Air Force Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “TEXAS RAIDERS”.Photo by 1LT Joseph Conte, 8th Regiment Public Affairs, Texas State Guard
A 8th Regiment, Texas State Guard, Soldier provides flight line crowd control in front of Commemorative Air Force Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “TEXAS RAIDERS”.Photo by 1LT Joseph Conte, 8th Regiment Public Affairs, Texas State Guard

ELLINGTON FIELD, HOUSTON, TX - Over 100 Soldiers of the 8th Civil Affairs Regiment, Texas State Guard, helped make the 25th Annual Wings Over Houston Air Show a success on Saturday Oct. 31 and Sunday Nov. 1 at Ellington Field in Houston, TX.

The Wings Over Houston Air Show draws approximately 50,000 visitors annually, and is organized as a celebration of patriotism and an educational event that provides community entertainment, aviation awareness, and military recruiting opportunities.

The 8th Civil Affairs Regiment Headquarters, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Battalion, Quick Reaction Team Detachment, and C4I Detachment soldiers devoted over 3,000 man-hours to its mission of gate access control, flight line crowd control, and crowd control during air show performances.

Members of the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade, Houston Group, provided medical support to the 8th Regiment during air show operations.

The Highlights of the 25th Annual Wings Over Houston Air Show featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demo Team, USMC AV-8 Harrier, USAF F-15E Strike Eagle, USAF A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II, USAF C-17 Globemaster III Demo, C-47 and C-17 Transport Heritage Flight, Air Force Heritage Flight, U.S. Coast Guard HH-65C Dauphin Helicopter Demo, Commemorative Air Force Tora! Tora! Tora! WWII Airpower Demo, the Horsemen P-51 Mustang Formation Team and many others.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly in formation over Ellington Field, Houston, TX, at the Wings Over Houston Air Show, while 8th Regiment, Texas State Guard, Soldiers provide flight line crowd control for thousands of participants.Photo by 1LT Joseph Conte, 8th Regiment Public Affairs, Texas State Guard
U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly in formation over Ellington Field, Houston, TX, at the Wings Over Houston Air Show, while 8th Regiment, Texas State Guard, Soldiers provide flight line crowd control for thousands of participants.Photo by 1LT Joseph Conte, 8th Regiment Public Affairs, Texas State Guard

The show’s security coordinator, Chris Hendon, said he was very impressed with the 8th Regiment’s handling of the visitors during the air show performances. The 8th Regiment’s assistance will be requested at next year’s show, Hendon said.

This is the 23rd Wings Over Houston Air Show the 8th Regiment has participated in.

Members of the public also expressed thanks to 8th Regiment soldiers for their patriotism and service to the State and to the Country.

The Texas State Guard (TXSG) is one of three branches of the Texas Military Forces (TXMF), reporting to The Texas Adjutant General, Major General Jose S. Mayorga, located at Texas Military Forces HQ, Camp Mabry (Austin), Texas. The Commander in Chief of the Texas Military Forces is the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry. The other two branches are the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) and the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG).

The Mission of the Texas State Guard is to provide highly trained soldiers for Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) by providing ready military forces during State Emergences to assist State and local authorities in homeland security, community service and with medical services.

HSC physician commands joint medical training exercise

HSC physician commands joint medical training exercise
HSC News
2009/09/09

Col. Charles Bauer, M.D., (right) rides in a Black Hawk helicopter to the different sites of Operation Lone Star, a joint military and civilian training exercise and community service project.
Col. Charles Bauer, M.D., (right) rides in a Black Hawk helicopter to the different sites of Operation Lone Star, a joint military and civilian training exercise and community service project.

Nearly 13,500 residents in nine South Texas communities received free medical and dental care July 27-Aug. 5 through Operation Lone Star, a joint military and civilian training exercise and community service project that is the largest humanitarian effort of its kind in the United States.

The project was led by Charles Bauer, M.D., a colonel in the Texas State Guard who is also a professor of surgery, emergency medicine and orthopedic surgery at the UT Health Science Center. He also is director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness & Biomedical Research here.

Collaborative effort

The annual event is a collaborative training exercise that was coordinated this year by the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade and included the Army National Guard Medical Command, the Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing, as well as state health and human services agencies, county health departments, local service groups and civilian volunteers.

Mobilizing health care

“We conduct this training every year to help key personnel in our state prepare for natural disasters and other events that would involve a large-scale mobilization of health care providers,” Dr. Bauer said.“It is also a huge humanitarian event. There are people who come for free health services who don’t go to the doctor or dentist any other time of the year.”

Disaster exercise

The headquarters the first week was in Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley. The second week, Operation Lone Star moved to Laredo, where the leadership conducted a fast-action response team exercise in which equipment and personnel were moved quickly to Zapata to simulate response to a disaster.

“As a School of Medicine physician and longtime participant in medical preparedness in Bexar County, I was pleased to lead Operation Lone State,” Dr. Bauer said.“This operation was successful due to the preparation, dedication and professionalism of everyone involved.”

Draws interest of state leaders

Among the state leaders who visited the exercises were Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Sen. Eddie Lucio and David Lakey, M.D., commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“Besides the training and services we provided, we will use information from this exercise in research we are conducting on disaster response through our Center for Public Health Preparedness & Biomedical Research,” Dr. Bauer.

This is the 11th Operation Lone Star and the sixth year Dr. Bauer has been involved. Last year he was deputy commander.

Major General Raymond C. Peters Takes Command of the Texas State Guard

Major General Raymond C. Peters Takes Command of the Texas State Guard
MAJ J. Michael Spraggins, PAO, TXSG TMF
2009/08/01

The Texas Adjutant General MG Jose Mayorga promotes BG Raymond Peters to Major General
The Texas Adjutant General MG Jose Mayorga promotes BG Raymond Peters to Major General

Camp Mabry, Texas - On Saturday morning July 25, 2009, Major General Raymond C. Peters assumed command of the Texas State Guard from the outgoing Commanding General, LTG Christopher J. Powers. After assuming command, MG Peters outlined in his remarks his vision for the future of the Texas State Guard:

  • An organization whose members understand the meaning of “selfless service”. We fail if our organization becomes filled by individuals with “self serving agendas”.
  • An organization whose members place their personal priorities in this order: their moral & physical health, their family, their job & then their duty to the Texas State Guard.
  • An organization that continues to grow in members and meets the adjutant general’s deployment rate of 90%.
  • An organization that adheres to law and policy and is mentally, physically and educationally prepared to accept any mission in support of the citizens of Texas.
  • An organization that continues to create an environment where the contributions of our members are respected and we are the force of choice.

Major General Peters received his commission as a 2LT from the Texas National Guard Academy in June 1965. He has served in numerous units of the Texas Army National Guard to include Co C 112th Armor, 1st Battalion 133d Field Artillery, 2d Battalion (Airborne) l43d Infantry, 386th Engineer Battalion and the 111th Area Support Group. His most key assignments were as Commander, 386th Engineer Battalion, Commander, 142d Support Detachment (RAOC) and Deputy Director, Surface Maintenance Directorate, Texas Army National. Upon his retirement from the Texas Army National Guard in 1997, COL Peters joined the Texas State Guard as its full time Director and Chief of Staff. Governor Perry appointed COL Peters as Deputy Commander, Texas State Guard on October 2005, and was promoted to BG. On July 25 2009 BG Peters was promoted to MG and assumed command of the Texas State Guard.

MG Raymond C. Peters
MG Raymond C. Peters

MG Peters is a graduate of the United States Army Armor, Field Artillery, Engineer and Quartermaster Schools, the Infantry Advanced Course, and the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

MG Peters’ awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with 6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Military Volunteer Outstanding Service Medal, Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, Texas Outstanding Medal, Texas Medal of Merit and the Master Parachutist Badge.

MG Peters and his wife Mary live in Austin, Texas and have one daughter, Susan.

Article originally from VeteransToday.com, Texas State Guard Changes Command.

Camp Mabry Prepares For Next Hurricane With DICE

Camp Mabry Prepares For Next Hurricane With DICE
Elizabeth Cohen, Texas Military Forces Public Affairs
2009/06/08

Camp Mabry’s parade ground was transformed into a state-of- the art mobile communications park during the DICE exercise being conducted here June 1-4, 2009.Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Wilson, Texas Military Forces Public Affairs
Camp Mabry’s parade ground was transformed into a state-of- the art mobile communications park during the DICE exercise being conducted here June 1-4, 2009.Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Wilson, Texas Military Forces Public Affairs

Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas (June 8, 2009) – The Department of Defense Interoperability Communications Exercise, or DICE, was a four-day long event at Camp Mabry. This exercise included over 25 agencies participating on state, local and national levels, many of whom where communication experts who sought to test emergency communication through a simulation of hurricane conditions.

Situated on Camp Mabry’s parade field was a double line of vans, representing the first responders in the event of a natural disaster. Towards the center sat Sprint/Nextel’s Satellite Cell on Light Truck or SatCOLT, a vehicle designed to give a satellite-powered version of cell phone service to the hundred wireless handsets that Sprint had brought and charged for DICE. These were used in the exercise to simulate downed cell phone towers and snapped power lines.

“We are here to support the other units,” said Lee Martin, Raytheon Director of DoD Sales. He and his team ensured that the radio systems of the first responders were tied together, so they could talk to one another. “Everyone has their own system,” Martin added. “[but they] all have to talk on a common network.” Raytheon gear provided this synergy.

“This is what tax dollars get you,” said Cary Snyder, Technical Support Manager of Sprint’s Emergency Response Team, as he indicated the emergency response vans around his SatCOLT.

The inside of the vans were equipped with all the technology that each specific agency would need to complete their part in a natural disaster setting. Some, such as the Texas General Land Office, were visiting with communications consultants about upgrading their technology. “We are here to learn,” said Greg Pollock, Deputy Commissioner of Oil Spill Prevention and Response of the TGLO. He and his team were there to observe, and thus were not actively scripted into the exercise, Pollock added.

Chief Jack Colley, Division of Emergency Management, Office of the Governor, arrived on the final day of the exercise to discuss the objectives of DICE. “This exercise is extremely important because it shows the efforts of about eight years of not only funding but deployment of equipment across the state and our capability to work together as a team throughout the entire state of Texas. Our focus is on a single effort which is to provide a rapid and orderly response to any event,” Colley said.

Chief Colley was briefed on the event by Col. Kevin Turnbo, J6/Chief Information Officer. According to Col Turnbo, the DICE program consists of five phases: check-in, staging, training, and the breakdown and after-action report. Col Turnbo said that: “The after-action reports resulting from this training should prove invaluable to operators during the coming hurricane season.” The DICE exercise shows that many state, local and national organizations and first responders to disaster situations are gearing themselves up for the hurricane season.

TXSG Team Wins First Place In 2009 Texas Adjutant General’s Combat Pistol Sustainment Exercise Competition

TXSG Team Wins First Place In 2009 Texas Adjutant General’s Combat Pistol Sustainment Exercise Competition
MAJ J. Michael Spraggins, PAO, TXSG TMF
2009/05/07

The QRT 19RGMT Team with their certificates pictured (L-R) SFC Dan Dzivi, SFC Mark Sliger MAJ Barry Hobbs, SGT Admir Pasalic and 1SGT Booth (not pictured).Photo by QRT 8RGMT TXSG TMF
The QRT 19RGMT Team with their certificates pictured (L-R) SFC Dan Dzivi, SFC Mark Sliger MAJ Barry Hobbs, SGT Admir Pasalic and 1SGT Booth (not pictured).Photo by QRT 8RGMT TXSG TMF

Camp Swift, Bastrop Texas - The Texas State Guard (TXSG) took top honors winning both the individual and the team combat pistol events on a rainy and cold weekend recently at Camp Swift. High pistol shooter was SSG Daniel Ernest, who won the competition last year. High team was 19th QRT (SFC Dzivi, SFC Sliger, SGT Pasaic, 1SGT Booth, MAJ Hobbs (19th QRT Commander). High Novice: 1LT Bornwell, 8th QRT, TXSG.

19TH QRT scores in the Individual category were: Hobbs Barry R. - 604, Sligar, Mark W. - 736, Dzivi, Daniel R. - 586, Pasalic, Admir - 527. Team score was 3141.

TXSG shooters were awarded four out of the eight coveted Governor’s Twenty tabs that were awarded. The TXSG citizen – soldiers awarded the Governor’s Twenty tab were SSG Ernest, 2LT George, 1LT Bornwell and SFC Sliger.

A total of 42 personnel participated in this year’s event. Second and third placed teams were the 136th AW TXANG.

The Texas State Guard is one of the three branches of the Texas Military Forces. However it operates a little different than the Texas Army and Air Nation Guard. The individual TXSG soldiers must pay for all, uniforms, equipment, ammunition, travel and training expenses out of their own pocket and only draw a small stipend from the State of Texas when they are activated by the Governor for State Active Duty (SAD).

The TXSG mission as a branch of the Texas Military Forces is to provide mission-ready military forces to assist State and Local authorities in times of state emergencies, with homeland security and community service through Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA). To augment the other two branches of the Texas Military Forces, the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Air National Guard as force multipliers.

Texas Maritime Regiment Swearing-In Ceremony

Texas Maritime Regiment Swearing-In Ceremony
PO1 George Monnat Jr., PAO, 2nd BN TMAR TXSG TMF
2009/05/06

(L-R) SCPO Westberry, PO1 Lee, being sworn into the TMAR by CDR Cave, BGen BodischPhoto by WO1 George Monnat TMAR TXSG TMF
(L-R) SCPO Westberry, PO1 Lee, being sworn into the TMAR by CDR Cave, BGen Bodisch Photo by WO1 George Monnat TMAR TXSG TMF

New Braunfels, Texas - As one of his first acts as Commander of the Texas Maritime Regiment (TMAR) of the Texas State Guard (TXSG), Brigadier General Robert “Duke” Bodisch swore in the two newest members of TMAR’s Second Battalion (2nd Bn). The ceremony occurred inside the 2nd Bn’s monthly drill facilities, the National Guard armory in New Braunfels, in the early afternoon. BGen Bodisch and 2nd Bn’s Commanding Officer, Commander Joe Cave swore in Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO) Brad Westberry and Petty Officer First Class (PO1) Miriam Lee.

SCPO(SW/AW) Brad Westberry grew up in Bulverde, Texas and joined the Navy right after high school where he spent the next twenty-six years and retired as a Senior Chief Damage Controlman. His last assignment before retirement was as the Command Senior Chief and senior DC instructor at the Center for Naval Engineering Learning Site, Ingleside, Texas. He is currently employed by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. He and his wife Pat reside in Ingleside.

PO1(SW) Miriam Lee grew up in Houston, TX and joined the Navy right after high school where she spent twenty years

Foreground (L-R) BGen Bodisch, SCPO Westberry, PO1 Lee, making the commitment to serve Texas in times of State and Local emergencies.Photo by WO1 George Monnat TMAR TXSG TMF
Foreground (L-R) BGen Bodisch, SCPO Westberry, PO1 Lee, making the commitment to serve Texas in times of State and Local emergencies.Photo by WO1 George Monnat TMAR TXSG TMF

retiring as a PO1 Electronic Technician. Her last assignment was as an instructor of the AN/SPS-67(V)1&3 Radar System at Center for Surface Combat Systems, Norfolk, VA. After retiring, she worked in Admiral Lotring’s staff as a Data Analyst for the Navy’s Accessions Programs in Great Lakes, IL. She relocated to Texas and is now a full time student at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, a junior, majoring in Management Information Systems.

The Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment was created on November 1st, 2007 as the maritime branch of the TXSG. It consists of retired and honorably discharged members of the United States Coast Guard, United States Marines, and United States Navy as well as non-prior-service volunteers.

The mission of TMAR is to provide the Governor of the State of Texas and the Adjutant General of Texas with, highly trained, mission-ready military personal for Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), for operations in the maritime, littoral, and riverine environments in support of Homeland Defense and in response to man-made or natural disasters.

MAJ J. Michael Spraggins contributed to this story

North Texas State Guard Unit deployed by Governor Perry to assist in aftermath of wildfires

North Texas State Guard Unit Deployed by Governor Perry to Assist in Aftermath of Wildfires
SGT George Garriott, PAO NCO 4RGMT CA TXSG TMF
2009/04/16
Texas States Guardsmen from the 4th Civil Affairs Regiment, Texas State Guard (TXSG) located in Denton, Decatur and Fort Worth, Texas had an eventful Easter holiday weekend due to the devastation caused by a recent string of wild fires in Montague, Jacksboro and Cook counties, where over 100 homes were destroyed.

Members of the Texas State Guard deployed at the request of its Commander in Chief, the Governor of Texas to team up with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Texas Baptist Men and the Texas Animal Health Commission to name few who were among the 19 organizations in Montague County, offering assistance at the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster Assistance Center (VOADAC).

Many families across the counties were still in shock, trying to sort out how to begin cleanup and rebuilding of their homes. The flames were undiscriminating; others were even less fortunate having lost everything they had to the wind swept flames.

The sight of the Texas State Guard men and women being there rendering assistance and aid in time of need was emotional for many. Frazzled, lost or in need of assistance, they came from various areas, what some have described as a “different planet, scorched and devastated, total despair”.

All of Texas can not help but to stand tall and be proud of these citizen – soldiers who sacrificed their personal time with their families at Easter to answer the call for help from fellow Texans in times of need. “The true meaning of the State Guard’s motto “Texans Serving Texas”.

The Texas State Guard is oldest of three branches of the Military Forces of the State of Texas, reporting to the Governor of Texas and the Adjutant General. The other two Branches are the Army and Air Guard.

TXSG has units throughout the State of Texas, providing Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) by maintaining a highly trained, mission-ready, military force, providing services to state and local authorities in times of State Emergencies and Homeland Security throughout Texas;

MAJ J. Michael Spraggins contributed to this story

"THIS IS AN EXERCISE... THIS IS AN EXERCISE" - Disaster Assessment Exercise

“THIS IS AN EXERCISE ... THIS IS AN EXERCISE” - Disaster Assessment Exercise
MAJ J. Michael Spraggins, TXSG Public Affairs
2009/03/31
 

Chaplin Fair, Brownwood City Councileman Steven Ray Brownwood Regional Medical Center and CPT Spratt Assistant Exercise Director.Photo by MAJ J. Michael Spraggins, TXSG Public Affairs
Chaplin Fair, Brownwood City Councileman Steven Ray Brownwood Regional Medical Center and CPT Spratt Assistant Exercise Director.Photo by MAJ J. Michael Spraggins, TXSG Public Affairs

This is an exercise .... this is an exercise, are the first words that will be heard and the last, for any Mock Disaster communications radio / telephone traffic during three days in May in Brown and Comanche County, which includes the City of Brownwood, and City of Early.

A Planning session was held on 19 March, for the Disaster Assessment Exercise sponsored by the Texas State Guard (TXSG) and the Brownwood / Brown County Local Government and Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center.

CPT Robert Spratt, HQ J3 TXSG, who lives in the Brownwood area, is OIC of the exercise. Chaplin (CPT) Dave Fair, HQ TXSG, also of Brownwood, and City Councilman, working with CPT Spratt, they were instrumental in insuring wide spread participation of local and regional governmental and non government organizations (NGO). In addition National Guard Civil Support Team Six -HAZMAT will participate in the disaster drill.

CPT Spratt is credited with completing and producing the comprehensive Disaster Assessment Exercise Plan, incorporating requirements set forth by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

The TXSG will be supporting this exercise with five GPS trained Damage Assessment Teams, Communications, Command Center staff and three TXSG Texas Medical Brigade medical aid teams supporting the teams in the field.

CPT Spratt, OIC and Charles Ashton of the Columbia Regional Geospatial Center REGIONAL, brief disaster drill players.Photo by MAJ J. Michael Spraggins, TXSG Public Affairs
CPT Spratt, OIC and Charles Ashton of the Columbia Regional Geospatial Center REGIONAL, brief disaster drill players.Photo by MAJ J. Michael Spraggins, TXSG Public Affairs

The purpose of this exercise is to measure and validate performance of participants’ capabilities and their associated critical tasks.

  • Emergency Operations Center Management
  • Communications
  • Emergency Public Information and Warning
  • Triage and Pre-Hospital Treatment
  • Medical Surge
  • Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, and Related Services)
  • Wide Area Damage Assessment (GPS)

The TXSG will be assessing its capability and adequacy of plans for responding to and conducting Wide Area Damage Assessments. This includes land navigation, establishing waypoints and a GPS network.

Some of the participants at the planning session were:

  • TXSG COL Kissel, COL C. Miller, COL R. Miller, COL Watkins, MAJ Spraggins, CPT Hollands, CW4 Sanchez
  • TXANG MAJ Creek, CPT. Robert Nash, Camp Bowie
  • Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center (CRGSC)
  • West Central Texas Council of Government (WCTCOG)
  • Brown County Officials, City of Brownwood Officials, Comanche County Officials
  • Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Brownwood Regional Medical Center / Guardian EMS
  • Howard Payne University

Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy recognized by Texas Military Forces

Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy recognized by Texas Military Forces
Chief Master Sgt. Norm King, TXMF Public Affairs
2009/02/27

Brig. Gen. Bob Cheeseman (right), Texas State Guard Air Division commander, presents the Texas Meritorious Unit Award to Chief Master Sgt. Albert McGowan, Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy Commandant. The academy was recognized for offering a comprehensive and professional program tailored to the needs of the Texas State Guard NCO Corps.Photo by Robbin Cresswell
Brig. Gen. Bob Cheeseman (right), Texas State Guard Air Division commander, presents the Texas Meritorious Unit Award to Chief Master Sgt. Albert McGowan, Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy Commandant. The academy was recognized for offering a comprehensive and professional program tailored to the needs of the Texas State Guard NCO Corps.Photo by Robbin Cresswell

Brig. Gen. Bob Cheeseman, the Texas State Guard Air Division Commander, recently presented the Texas Meritorious Unit Award to Chief Master Sgt. Albert McGowan, Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy Commandant, and his instructors.

Academy instructors and staff have supported the Airmen and Soldiers of the Texas State Guard by voluntarily offering both an NCO and Senior NCO Professional Development Course of Instruction since 2002. The courses, presented each summer, are a comprehensive and professional program tailored to the needs of the Texas State Guard NCO Corps.

The courses include an advanced reading list requirement and four full days of instruction over two intense weekends. More than 200 Texas State Guard NCOs have been trained in the last seven years.

This professional training has paid great dividends in advancing the NCO Corps of the Texas State Guard helping them to more easily interface with their counterparts in the Texas Army and Air National Guard. The training provided to the Texas State Guard has been a voluntary, community service effort by the academy’s faculty on their off-duty time and at no cost to the Texas State Guard or the Air Force.