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Media wishing to cover the honorary enlistment ceremony are invited to do so on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 5 p.m. and must arrive no later than 4:45 p.m. to allow for parking and coordination. 

Members of the media are required to RSVP no later than Friday, March 10, 2017 by 4 p.m., with the Texas State Guard 8th Regiment public affairs officer at 832-725-6852; email: 

The Department Club is located at 1924 Lakeshore Dr., Port Arthur, Texas 77640. Media will be required to show credentials at the gate.



Texas State Guard to Hold Honorary Enlistment Ceremony

AUSTIN, Texas (Mar. 8, 2017) – The Texas State Guard’s 8th Regiment will conduct an honorary enlistment ceremony for an 11-year-old boy at The Department Club, in Port Arthur, Texas, March 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Ayden Burrow, 11, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of three months. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine with no known cure. 

After telling a family friend, Cpl. Shane Haygood, who also serves in the Texas State Guard, that he “had a dream of being a soldier,” Haygood relayed this wish to his leadership in the guard, who set about making Burrow’s wish a reality. 

In what will be a surprise ceremony for the young boy, it is the family who is humbled and honored by the opportunity presented to their son.

“It’s something he has always dreamed of and for the Texas State Guard to do this for him, I can never thank you enough,” said Ayden’s mother, Aleasha Simmons. 


The mission of the Texas Military Department (TMD) is to provide the Governor and the President with ready and trained forces in support of the citizens of Texas and State and Federal civil/military authorities at home and abroad.


The Texas Military Department is commanded by the Adjutant General of Texas, the state's senior military official appointed by the governor, and is comprised of the Texas Military Department (formerly the Adjutant General's Department), the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG), the Texas State Guard (TXSG) and the Domestic Operations Command (DOMOPS).


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Texas Military Department Public Affairs
P.O. Box 5218, Building 10
Camp Mabry (Austin), Texas 78703
Phone: 512-782-5620