Command and General Staff College, Texas State Guard (TXSG), a component of the Texas Military Forces, hosted an impressive panel of real world “subject matter experts” in dealing with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), during disasters.

Left to right, COL Robert A. Miller, Commander J 9 Strategic Planning TXSG, and former City Manager of Smithville, Texas during the devastating flooding of 1998, Brigadier General Gerald R. (Jake) Betty, Commander of Army Component Command TXSG, Ronnie C. McDonald, County Judge of Bastrop County during the Bastrop wildfires, John Gaete, Austin ISD Emergency Management Coordinator overseeing the district’s emergency management process, Rene D. Blaschke,  served as Mayor of Smithville, TX  during the flood, Scott Hawkins, Chief Plans Officer, Austin Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and in rear background 1LT Mike von Wupperfeld, TXSG, Mass Care Liaison Officer and long time Emergency Management professional.
Left to right, COL Robert A. Miller, Commander J 9 Strategic Planning TXSG, and former City Manager of Smithville, Texas during the devastating flooding of 1998, Brigadier General Gerald R. (Jake) Betty, Commander of Army Component Command TXSG, Ronnie C. McDonald, County Judge of Bastrop County during the Bastrop wildfires, John Gaete, Austin ISD Emergency Management Coordinator overseeing the district’s emergency management process, Rene D. Blaschke,  served as Mayor of Smithville, TX  during the flood, Scott Hawkins, Chief Plans Officer, Austin Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and in rear background 1LT Mike von Wupperfeld, TXSG, Mass Care Liaison Officer and long time Emergency Management professional.
Judge Ronnie McDonald (ct) former Bastrop County Judge (youngest Bastrop County Judge, ever), discussing with LCDR Robert Finley (lf) and MAJ Benedict Boerner (rt) students in the Texas State Guard, Command General Staff College, how the National Incident Management System worked allowing a structured command system to bring together a diverse group of agencies and facilitate working together efficiently during the Bastrop wildfires which destroyed over 1,000 homes.
Judge Ronnie McDonald (ct) former Bastrop County Judge (youngest Bastrop County Judge, ever), discussing with LCDR Robert Finley (lf) and MAJ Benedict Boerner (rt) students in the Texas State Guard, Command General Staff College, how the National Incident Management System worked allowing a structured command system to bring together a diverse group of agencies and facilitate working together efficiently during the Bastrop wildfires which destroyed over 1,000 homes.
Scott Hawkins (lf), Austin Department of Homeland Security, and LTC COL Edwin Grantham, student in Texas State Guard Command General Staff College, discussing the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan (CASH-P) for Mass Care in the Austin and surrounding areas.
Scott Hawkins (lf), Austin Department of Homeland Security, and LTC COL Edwin Grantham, student in Texas State Guard Command General Staff College, discussing the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan (CASH-P) for Mass Care in the Austin and surrounding areas.