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Volume 55

Number 2

Summer 2014

LEGISLATIVE................... 8

HALL OF HONOR............. 10

ANNUAL TRAINING........... 14

2015 CONFERENCE........... 20


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2014-15 Board of Directors President............................................................ Charles Chavers President-Elect.........................................................Daniel Quick


Vice President........................................................... Kenn White Secretary/Treasurer..............................................Ashley Bloom Joint Forces Hqs............................. Michael Courade (Enlisted) TX ARNG.................................................. Terri Marshall (Officer) 176th Engr Bde.....................................Calvin Jenkins (Officer) 36th Infantry Division......................Kenneth Henry (Enlisted) 72nd IBCT......................................... Brian Hildebrand (Officer) 72nd IBCT.................................................Tony Carter (Enlisted) 56th IBCT..........................................................Jet Hays (Officer) 56th IBCT...................................................... Jim Horn (Enlisted) 36th CAB....................................................Bob Roark (Enlisted) 71st BfSB................................................. Patrick Harty (Officer) 36th Sustainment Bde ...............Murphy McCardell (Enlisted) 136th MEB..............................................John Crawson (Officer) HQ, TANG...........................................Michael Selheim (Enlisted) 136th AW...................................................Doug Clark (Enlisted) 147th RW....................................................Anita Blue (Enlisted) 149th FW.................................................. John Pollard (Officer) TX State Guard Rep......................Kristopher Krueger (Officer) Retired Rep - Region 1..................................................... Vacant Retired Rep - Region 2...........................................Jerry Horsley Retired Rep - Region 3.........................................Buck Allbright Family Readiness Rep...........................................Miguel Torres Executive Director.................................................... Ray Lindner

 Editor............................................Theresa Billeck-Zuniga Copyeditor....................................................Laura Bianco

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President’s Report Members Spotlight 36th ID Change of Command Border Mission/Key Leadership Changes Legislative Report Hall of Honor Around the World with the Texas National Guard Annual Training with the Texas Military Forces Texas State Guard Gonzales Cup Salute to Retirees 2015 NGAT Conference Around Texas with the Guard TAPS/Corporate Members and Sponsors NGAT Planning Calendar

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ON THE COVER (left side photos, top to bottom): Command Chief Master Sergeant, Texas Air National Guard, CCMSgt Kevin O’Gorman (left) and BG Pat Hamilton, Commander of the Domestic Operations Task Force (right), speak with Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas’ 12th Congressional District during a NGAT sponsored legislative reception recently held in Washington, D.C. (Photo by 2LT Sharon Calderon) Pictured left to right: CCMSgt (Ret) Harold Higgins and wife Anita, CSM (Ret) Clyde Worrell and wife Dorothy, Johanna & MG (Ret) Robert Halverson and Maj Gen (Ret) Charles “Rex” Driggers and his wife poses for photos following the Texas Military Forces Hall of Honor induction ceremony at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. (Photo by MSG Ken Walker) SPC Luis Palacios drives SGT Ruben Molinar while he fires the M2A1 .50 Cal during the 1-124 CAV Gunnery Table VI Crew Certifications at Fort Hood, Texas. Right Side Photo: BG Lester Simpson addresses the Soldiers and visitors following assuming command of the 36th Infantry Division. (Photo by MAJ Randy Stillinger) NGAT NEWS (USPS 015-752) PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS, 3706 CRAWFORD AVENUE, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78731-6308 PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT AUSTIN, TX 78710 AND ADDITIONAL OFFICES POSTMASTER SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO: NGAT NEWS, 3706 CRAWFORD AVENUE, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78731-6803 MEMBERS MAY EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGES TO: MEMBERSHIP@NGAT.ORG


President's Report Judging by the rising temperatures and the lowering lake levels, summer has arrived in Texas. And as I sit in my air-conditioned office, my attention turns towards my tenure on the NGAT Board of Directors and our struggles to grow our association. Like most experiences in life, I have seen four distinct phases in the attempt to expand NGAT’s influence across the state: 1. Some could not allow another entity like NGAT to be their voice. (Rejection of shared authority) 2. Many people simply allow NGAT to be their voice without any questions (Blind acceptance) 3. Today some feel that NGAT has lost touch with the individual wings and brigades (Skepticism) 4. And lastly, many have found that NGAT is the best option to protect the resources and personnel for the military forces of Texas (Corporate acceptance) It is in this fourth area that I want all of our soldiers and airmen to find themselves. This past May, the Board of Directors met to review our mission statement and to readdress the message that NGAT relays to both our current and potential members that we represent. We have struggled in the past to find ways to motivate potential members to join our state and national associations. During our strategic planning meeting, it was obvious that our new Board of Directors is ready to find viable ways to represent the needs of our current membership while simultaneously attracting younger members into the association. With the budget turmoil in Washington, D.C., our Guard structure in Texas is at a crossroads and NGAT stands ready to meet the challenges that will present themselves in the coming months. NGAT, EANGUS and NGAUS stand at the ready to protect the welfare of the National Guard and the men and women of the Texas Military Forces. Speaking of EANGUS and NGAUS, the annual EANGUS conference will be held in Phoenix, AZ from 10-14 Aug., and NGAUS will be held in Chicago, IL from 22-25 Aug. NGAT will have Board members there along with personnel selected to attend in professional development status. Both conferences encourage positive change within the military system, and I know that Texas will have a strong showing at both events. I am also hopeful that those individuals selected as professional development attendees will see the importance of our state and national associations and share their conference experiences with others in their units. It is through activities like these that the men and women of the Texas Military Forces will reach the corporate acceptance phase for NGAT and our national associations. As always I ask for your help in growing our association. Get involved and share our message. If there is anything I can do for you, let me know. Have a great summer.

Charles Chavers President, NGAT

NGAT Board of Directors members and NGAT staff participate in a strategic planning session in Round Rock, Texas to plan the future of the association. SSG Michael Courage, a member of the NGAT Board of Directors, mans a booth at the American Heroes Day event to encourage Soldiers and Airmen to become NGAT members.

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CHIEF ADLER RETIRES CMSgt Ellen Adler is presented a gift from Col Kevin Turnbo, 254 CCG’s Commander, during her retirement ceremony at Hensley Air Guard Station in Dallas, Texas. Both are NGAT Life Members. 

MEDRANO MAKES CW4 Congratulations to NGAT Life Member Juan Medrano, left, who was recently promoted to CW4 by LTC Lambert DeVries. Chief Medrano is a former member of the NGAT Board of Directors and currently serves on the Military Affairs Committee. 

AIR NATIONAL GUARD COMMAND CHIEF VISITS TEXAS Eleventh Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard CCMSgt James W. Hotaling (center) visits with 149th Fighter Wing CMSgt Richard Pena (left) and CCMSgt George Longoria (right) at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Hotaling discussed health, moral, and welfare issues affecting National Guard members. (Photo by TSgt Wilson)


LTC CAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE Fellow Soldiers, family and friends recently gathered to bid farewell to LTC Michael Cain on the occasion of his retirement from the Texas Army National Guard after serving our state and nation for the past 32 years. LTC Cain is shown with a parting gift presented to him from members of the G1 staff. 

Commander, HHC 1-143rd Inf Rgmt, MAJ Max Krupp (right) pins the senior parachutist badge on SFC George A. Lloyd at a ceremony held at Camp Swift. 

SALUTING 32 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE HONOR GRADUATE BG Johnny R. Miller, Assistant Adjuant General-Army, Illinois Army National Guard (left), presents OC Caleb Williams with the Honor Graduate Sword at the Phase III OCS Graduation at Ft. Lewis, WA. 

NGAT Life Member COL Richard Jordan addresses friends and family at his retirement ceremony from the Texas Army National Guard after 32 years of military service.  (Photo by SFC Daniel Griego)



The servicemen and women of the 36th Infantry Division gathered with their unit flags, streamers and guidons on the Camp Mabry parade field on 21 June 2014, to welcome a new commander and bid farewell to a seasoned leader during a change of command ceremony. Maj Gen John F. Nichols, Adjutant General of Texas, praised outgoing commander, MG James K. “Red” Brown for his hard work and dedicated leadership during his service with the Texas Army National Guard. “We cannot shy away from change,” said Nichols, “therefore we embrace it. The 36th Infantry Division has been an exemplary standout in our organization and I am confident they will continue to do great things for Texas.” MG Brown assumed command of the division in Jan. 2012 and commanded the 56th Brigade Combat Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom III from Jan. through Dec. 2005. For his next assignment, MG Brown will serve as the deputy commanding general-operations for First United States Army based in Rock Island, IL. MG Brown is a former NGAT president and an NGAT Life Member.

BG LESTER “LES” SIMPSON Commanding General 36th Infantry Division

Incoming Commander BG Lester Simpson thanked Brown for continuing the legacy of the 36th Infantry Division and promised to continue to build on it. Simpson comes to the 36th Infantry Division after serving as Special Assistant to the director of the Army National Guard at the Pentagon. BG Simpson becomes the 17th commanding general in the history of the unit. The 36th Infantry Division was originally organized at Camp Bowie near Brownwood, Texas on 17 July 1917, and was called the “Texas Division” and the “T-Patchers.” (Photos by MAJ Randy Stillinger)

BG Lester “Les” Simpson received his commission in the Army National Guard in 1980 through the University of Texas, Arlington Reserve Officers Training Corps. After completing Infantry Officer Basic course, he served in many leadership and command assignments. He served as Commander, 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment; Commander, 142nd Rear Operations Center; and in 2011 he served as Commander, 176th Engineer Brigade during major combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In October 2012, General Simpson served as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Texas National Guard and Commander, 71st Troop Command. In May 2013, he assumed the duties of Special Assistant Director, Army National Guard at the Pentagon. BG Simpson recently retired from United Parcel Service (UPS) of North America after 33 years of dedicated service. General Simpson and his wife Antoinette have a blended family of four adult children, Lester Jr., Solomon, Nathan and Morgan.



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GOVERNOR PERRY ACTIVATES TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD TO SOUTHERN BORDER Governor Rick Perry announced on 21 July, the activation of up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops on state active duty orders to the southern border in support of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Operation Strong Safety. The following is a message from the Adjutant General of Texas: Governor Perry tasked us to increase our support to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Operation Strong Safety. The Texas National Guard will work in full support of this state-led border security surge operation to deter criminal activity along the Texas-Mexico border. Within the next 30 days we will send additional forces to the border who will act as force multipliers for the state. We are not strangers to this mission. Our forces will enhance security efforts by amplifying the visible presence on the ground and along the river; working alongside commissioned law enforcement officers to detect and prevent criminals from infiltrating through the international border, and helping to ensure the safety of our fellow Texans. We have performed similar roles in support of various state and federal operations along the border since 2006. To our Texas Guardsmen already engaged in border support missions, thank you for your selfless service and dedication to this important effort. To those whom we will send, the state and nation once again need you. In times of crisis, our civilian leaders call upon us without hesitation. For many, I know this is not the first call; you’ve been called in the past to serve our state and nation. Now the Governor of Texas is calling you to help secure our homeland. Times of great need are why we wear the uniform and serve. Times like these are why the Texas Guard exists. The citizens of Texas continue to honor us with their absolute trust and confidence. They do so because they understand what I see every day: you stand ready and willing to serve, whatever the call may be. And I couldn’t be more proud of you. This is a critical moment in our state and nation. I’m thankful that at moments like this, Texas can rely on you for its safety and security. Texas Strong! John F. Nichols Major General, TXANG Adjutant General

TEXAS MILITARY FORCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES MG James K. “Red” Brown Commanding General Operations First United States Army Rock Island, IL

Col Dan Steiner

Chief of Staff Texas State Guard

COL Patrick M. Hamilton, Commander Domestic Operations, smiles as his wife Beverly Hamilton, and his mother Sara Hamilton pin new shoulder boards on his uniform during his promotion to the rank of Brigadier General in the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG). (Photo by SSG Jennifer D. Atkinson)

CSM Jose H. Cazares

Command Sergeant Major 36th Combat Aviation Brigade

CSM James Guzman

Command Sergeant Major 102nd General Support Battalion

CSM Gary A. Krpec Command Sergeant Major 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade


Legislative Report NGAT is actively monitoring several federal legislative issues. Our Write to Congress efforts to freeze Army movement to reduce the size of the Guard and to move Guard AH-64s to the active force helped alert Congress to the problem, and through the efforts of many people resulted in language being inserted into the NDAA to freeze those moves. NGAT hosted a reception for the Texas Congressional delegation and staff during this critical time, and ensured that the Texas Guard leadership and legislative office was able to follow up with Members and their staff in a more relaxed environment. Here are the critical pieces of legislation still pending:

National Defense Authorization Act 2015 The House has passed its version of the NDAA, and the Senate version is awaiting a vote from the Senate. Following passage of the Senate bill, a conference committee will settle the differences and present a new version to be approved by both chambers. Both bills establish a National Commission on the Future of the Army to assess the Army’s active and reserve components size and force mix and requires the submission of its findings and recommendations by 1 Feb 2016. The House bill freezes the transfer of Army National Guard AH-64s and end strength levels until a Comptroller General study on the Army’s structure plan is completed. The Senate bill freezes the transfer of all but 48 Army National Guard AH-64s and end strength levels through Fiscal Year 2015. The Senate bill includes a provision that would require the Air Force to submit both a complete fielding plan for the C-130 aircraft and specific details of the Air Force’s plan to maintain intra-theater capacity within both the active and the reserve components, including its modernization and recapitalization plan for all C-130H and C-130J aircraft.

Armando Martinez, Texas district 39 representative, holds an M4 used by soldiers from the 3-141 INF Rgmt, at the Weslaco Armory. The representative and other state legislative staff members visited the armory to learn more about the mission and capabilities of the Guard unit. (Photo by 2LT Alicia M. Lacy)

The House bill includes a provision that would require DOD to report to the congressional defense committees on the readiness and cost impacts, both immediate and long-term, of reductions in funding on ESGR and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

The Adjutant General of Texas, Maj Gen John F. Nichols, walks across the Camp Mabry parade field with Senator John Cornyn during American Heroes Day events.

The House bill includes a provision requiring the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to submit a report on the progress made by the Army National Guard to establish 10 Cyber Protection Teams no later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

The House bill includes a provision that would require the Secretary of the Army to submit to the Committees on Armed Services a report on the requirement of the Army that members of the Army may become eligible for the Army’s tuition assistance program only after serving for a period of one year after completing certain training courses. The report would evaluate the impact the one year waiting period will have on recruitment for the National Guard and an explanation of the extent to which the qualities of the National Guard, including the role of college student and college bound students in the National Guard, were considered before reaching the decision on eligibility. The Senate bill includes a provision that would amend Title 10, United States Code to clarify that qualifying days of service under that section to reduce the age at which a service member may receive reserve retired pay may be accumulated between two consecutive fiscal years. 



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Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, established by the NDAA FY2013, is conducting a review of military compensation and retirement systems and is charged with making recommendations by Feb. 2015. While current serving soldiers and airmen should be protected, the potential impact on the Guard is enormous. 

Veterans Affairs Legislation intended to improve healthcare services through the Veterans Affairs department is encountering problems as accountability issues cloud funding levels. While lawmakers have described the bill as mustpass legislation, partisan bickering is hindering movement. 

CPT David C. Sullivan, commander, Headquarters Company, 1-149th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, explains the features of an AH-64D Apache helicopter to State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, senate district 26, during her visit to Ellington Field JRB in Houston. State Senator Van de Putte was with the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Military Installations Committee to learn about the 147th Reconnaissance Wing and the 1-149th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion missions.

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Texas Military Forces 2014 Hall of Honor Inductees

MG (Ret) Robert L. Halverson Former Commander 49th Armored Division

MG (Ret) Robert L. Halverson, former commander of the 49th Armored Division, served in the military for more than 38 years, beginning in 1963. He made an extraordinary and positive difference in the continual transformation of the TXMF by instituting divisional staff training and implementing active duty military doctrine in preparation for the 49th Armored Division’s deployment as the first integrated active and reserve component headquarters in Bosnia. MG (Ret) Halverson changed the outlook and focus of the organization by thoroughly integrating the Guard into the active Army, interfacing with Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe and subordinate commands while accomplishing numerous civic projects that set the standard for future Guard deployments to Bosnia. He also shaped the organizational environment for the future by training Guard divisions for future deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo, which set the stage for other Army National Guard Divisions to be mobilized and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, as a result of the successful mission to Bosnia, Army Training schools began accepting more National Guard Soldiers into the military occupational skills producing courses, resulting in a more trained and ready Guard force nationwide.



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Maj Gen (Ret) Charles “Rex” Driggers Former Commander Texas Air National Guard

Maj Gen (Ret) Charles “Rex” Driggers, former commander of the Texas Air National Guard began his military career in 1955 and served for over 37 years. He made an extraordinary contribution to the transformation of the TXMF by initiating and commanding the introduction of the C-130 Hercules tactical aircraft at the 136th Airlift Wing in Fort Worth. Maj Gen (Ret) Driggers changed the outlook and focus of the Texas Air National Guard when he instituted combat training and encouraged closer cooperation with the active duty Air Force. He led Texas ANG aircrews and support personnel from the 136th to participate in Red Flag combat training exercises. This training outlook improved coordination between the active duty and guard air forces, and was a foundation that was built upon during aerial operations during the Gulf War. This was instrumental in achieving mission success. During his time as Texas ANG Commander, Driggers elevated the role and contributions of the Air Guard into TXMF statewide operations. He oversaw the development and construction of the Air Guard’s state headquarters building at Camp Mabry. This led to increased cooperation and missions involving Texas ANG units and the TXMF leadership team.

The Hall of Honor was created as a permanent tribute to recognize members of the Texas Military Forces who have made lasting contributions of an outstanding nature to the Texas National Guard. This is the first time in four years that the TXMF has inducted anyone into the Hall of Honor. Induction into the Hall of Honor is the highest form of recognition the Texas National Guard can bestow on an individual and is widely recognized as the crowning achievement of a distinguished career. NGAT is honored to have funded the materials and construction of the new Hall of Honor wall located in Building 8 on Camp Mabry. Each year that someone is inducted into the Hall of Honor, they will have their photo and narrative displayed on the wall in Building 8 for a year before moving it to its permanent home in the TXMF Museum. It is truly a honor for NGAT to help preserve and recognize the leadership and history of the Texas Military Forces. We are also proud to report that all inductees are NGAT Life Members.

CCMSgt (Ret) Harold L. Higgins Jr. Former State Command Chief Master Sergeant

CSM (Ret) Clyde Worrell Former State Command Sergeant Major

CCMSgt (Ret) Harold L. Higgins Jr., former State Chief Master Sgt, Texas Air National Guard, served his state and nation for more than 30 years, beginning in 1965. He had a profound impact on the TXMF by promoting the professional development of all Airmen. Serving as First Sgt., Wing Command Chief and ultimately the Texas State Command Chief, his focus was to provide senior leadership with a professional and capable enlisted force to meet the ever increasing demands, both domestic and deployed.

CSM (Ret) Clyde Worrell, former State Command Sergeant Major, Texas Army National Guard, served his state and nation for more than 40 years, beginning in 1965. He made an extraordinary and positive difference in the continual transformation of the TXMF by instituting a promotion process in Texas establishing noncommissioned officer promotion boards at the battalion, brigade, division and state level for different ranks, producing a more professional NCO corps promoted on the basis of stringent qualifications and performance.

CCMSgt (Ret) Higgins promoted a joint environment at every opportunity, working closely with the State Senior Enlisted Advisor, while also working nationally with the Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. During his tenure, the first Command Chief/Command Sergeant Major Conference was established to understand the unique, as well as common issues and seek opportunities for benchmarking successful resolutions.

CSM (Ret) Worrell changed the outlook and focus of the organization by instituting a requirement for NCO education to be tied to rank progression, and lobbied successfully at the national level for the creation of Guard/Reserve-friendly courses to be completed locally and during drill periods.

He was appointed as a region coordinator on the ANG Enlisted Field Advisory Council representing eight states. As such, his actions touched all ranks, from Airman to Chief Master Sgt., by instituting programs such as a the Enlisted Performance Feedback, the National Command Chiefs Orientation Course and a distance-learning program.

He also shaped the organizational environment for the future by implementing a National Guard Bureau requirement to select, train, promote and assign enlisted personnel through statewide implementation of meetings and processes designed to make this requirement Texas-specific and soldier-friendly, producing a generation of trained and ready NCO leadership.



RLD with A Tactical Air Control Party Airman with the 147th Reconnaissance Wing prepares to perform close air support while at a field training exercise with Czech forward air controllers in the Czech Republic.

Soldiers with the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment parachute onto the Teton Drop Zone at Camp Guernsey in Wyoming, during the Golden Coyote training exercise. (Photo by SPC Donald E. Williams)

CMsgt Del Atkinson and MSgt John Hawkins, both from the 136th Airlift Wing, traveled to France to parachute jump into the Normandy hedgerows to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Atkinson and Hawkins, members of the Liberty Jump Team, made several jumps in Normandy on the original World War II drop zones to honor Veterans.

The Texas National Guard marathon team poses for a photo at the NGB marathon in Lincoln, NE. Pictured left to right are: TSgt Adam Bernal, LTC Michael Diaz, CW3 Lisa Buckley, SFC Noah Mitchell, CW3 Michael Long, SFC Agatha Hebbe, TSgt Kelaita Johnson and SSG Joseph Ollebidez.

Texas Army National Guard Soldiers from 236th Engineer Company pose with local school children during their travels to Guatemala. Soldiers provided much-needed engineering improvements to three area schools located near Zacapa, Guatemala as part of Beyond the Horizon 2014. (Photo courtesy of 236th Engineer Company)



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Members of the 71st Theater Information Operation Group stand in front of a V-22 Osprey at Hurlburt Field in Florida during Emerald Warrior. Emerald Warrior is an annual Joint exercise to train special operations, conventional and partner nation forces in combat scenarios designed to hone special operations air and ground combat skills. (Photo by CPT Joshua Amstutz)

the TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD TSgt Shonda Winkler (left) and SrA Katie Steadman (middle), 531st Air Force Band, Band of the Southwest, invite Elena Bedner, a services business manager, to sing as they perform for customers at The Exchange on Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. (Photos by MSgt Charles Hatton) CPT Abe Alvarenga, a member of Task Force Larimar, speaks with a local citizen to inform him of upcoming medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETES) during the 2014 humanitarian civic assistance mission at Batey Cinco, Dominican Republic. (Photo by SGT True Thao)

CPT Joshua Edgington, a jump master for the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment, performs the Jump Master Personnel Inspection for SGT Oscar Moreno, a parachute rigger with the 294th Quartermaster Company Jumpmasters, at Camp Guernsey in Wyoming. (Photo by SPC Donald E. Williams)

MAJ Anthony Hall (left) and SPC Sarah Olivares of the 36th Infantry Division review reports during a Warfighter training exercise in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This exercise evaluated the units acting at their designated level, and the additional units training participated by filling in as higher and complimentary levels of command and support to test their battlefield skills. (Photo by SFC Suzanne Ringle)

MAJ James Nelson, 71st Theater Information Operations Group (71st TIOG), is greeted by citizens at the newly-built structure at the Fidelina Feliz-Matos public primary (kindergarten through eighth grade) school in La Guazara, Dominican Republic as part of Beyond the Horizon 2014.


A CH-47 “Chinook” helicopter from B Co., 2-149th GSAB executes airborne resupply operations during training events at Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo by MAJ Randy Stillinger)

SPC Justin Stewart, a member of Co F 2-149th GSA, trains on an air traffic control simulator at Martindale Army Airfield in San Antonio, Texas in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Kuwait later this year.

Soldiers from the 342nd ENGR Co, 176th ENGR Bde work on renovating the public running track at Camp Mabry. (Photo by CW1 Cary Wintz)

Members of Co A 141st INF Search and Rescue Team (SAR) undergo training with the San Antonio Fire Departments’ technical rescue team in New Braunfels. 141st INF is home to one of only two SAR units in the Texas Army National Guard.

SPC Katelynn Sweeney of the 136th Military Police Battalion prepares to fire the MK19 during the unit’s annual training at Camp Swift. The training period focused on integrating crew serve weapons systems such as the MK19 and the M48 .50 cal with their armored security vehicles (ASV) as part of a long-term certification program.

PVT Carsten Requenez (left), SPC Terrell Davenport (center) and SGT Juan Rueda, all members of Able Company 1-143rd INF Rgmt, conduct 120mm mortar net training on a new fire control system during training at Fort Hood, Texas.



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Members of Co H FSC of the 3-144 INF BN perform sling-load operations to drop Class I supplies to the units during annual training at Fort Hood.

SSgt Cary Heath (back), SSgt John Johnson (middle), and A1C Victor Williams of the 136th Maintenance Squadron guidance and control shop perform an operation check on a C-130 Hercules mock-up flight director and auto-pilot system stand to ensure proper functioning of critical components after repairs have been carried out, at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. (Photo by MSgt Charles Hatton)

An Airman with the 147th Air Support Operations Squadron waits for other members from the squadron to track him during land and vehicle navigation training at the squadron’s field training exercise, at Camp Swift, Texas.

TSgt Courtney Bosh, 147th Medical Group, assesses AIC Anthony Morris’s simulated injury during a mass casualty scenario as part of an Operational Readiness exercise, at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, TX. The scenario tested the Medical Group’s ability to respond to a real-world emergency.

SSgt Evan Lawson (right), an RF transmission systems supervisor with the 147th Air Support Operations Squadron, explains how to encode and decode communication to SrA Terry Johnson, a knowledge operations manager with the squadron, during a field training exercise at Camp Swift in Bastrop, Texas.

An Airman with the 136th Civil Engineers at Camp Mabry in Texas, works on a joint project with the Army National Guard rebuilding the track for the Soldiers and Airmen on post.

A firefighter with the 147th Civil Engineer Squadron, out of Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, critiques a fellow firefighter during their Annual Training exercise. As part of the exercise, the firefighters conducted training on dragging hoses, executing search patterns, helping downed firefighters and handling civilian casualties.


Texas State Guard Training Texas State Guard 4th Regiment Chaplains prepare to visit the troops during Annual Training in Denton, Texas.

Members of the Texas State Guard 39th Composite Regiment direct bikers at a checkpoint during the 2014 Bike MS 150-mile Cactus & Crude ride from Midland to Post, Texas.

Members of the Texas State Guard process in volunteers at the Balch Springs Recreation Center in Balch Springs, Texas during a shelter management exercise that required them to set-up, process and manage a shelter. Volunteers act as role players in the exercise.

Members of the Texas State Guard 19th Regiment conduct a simulated plane crash that leads to utilizing a grid search for the teams in finding victims and parts of the plane. (Photo by 1LT (TX) Jamey Guariscio-Cosper)

SSgt Andrew Sandoval, a member of the 149th Communications Flight, and SrA (TX) Ivy Girard, a member of the 449th Air Support Group, 5th Air Wing, Texas State Guard (TXSG), participate in communications training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (Photo by TSgt Eric L. Wilson)

Soldiers in the Texas State Guard 19th Regiment provide color guard support at the Van Zandt County Memorial Day ceremony in Canton, Texas.



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SSG (TX) Bud Naylor (left) and PFC (TX) Hunter Becker (right), from the 19th Regiment Texas State Guard, rescue a victim from a collapsed building due to a mock tornado in a warehouse in Grapevine, Texas during a Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise.

136TH AIRLIFT WING TAKES 2ND IN CAPTAIN’S CUP The first annual Captain’s Cup, a competition to promote camaraderie amongst services at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base was held on 18 July 2014. Events included a volleyball game, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, relay racing and tug of war. The Airmen of the 136th Airlift Wing took second place with the Navy taking first.

(Photos by SMSgt Elizabeth Gilbert)


Congratulations to members of the Texas State Guard 19th Regiment for winning the Gonzales Cup two years in a row. Top teams from the 4th, 8th and 19th Regiments competed in Stephenville, Texas in physical fitness, land navigation, leadership reaction course, first aid and rescue, and marksmanship events. The 19th Regiments winning team (see photo to the left) is pictured left to right: SGT (TX) Sean Mounger, CPL (TX) Nicholas Sanders, CPL (TX) Jonathan Kelley, PFC (TX) Jonathan Turner, SGT (TX) Kenneth Clayton, SPC (TX) Christopher Parrish, OC (TX) David Park and CPL (TX) Brian Nail. Members of the 19th Regiment also took top honors, respectively 1st, 2nd and 3rd, for the highest scores individually. The individual winners were OC (TX) David Park, CPL (TX) Jonathan Kelley and SGT (TX) Kenneth Clayton.

Texas Military Forces State Family Programs Golf Tournament Pine Forest Golf Club, Bastrop, Texas 8 Sept. 2014 / 8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO OUR TEXAS MILITARY FAMILIES!

Hosted by the National Guard Association of Texas & Pine Forest Golf Club, Bastrop, Texas

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AIR GUARD FRIENDS CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY TOGETHER Old Texas Air National Guard friends who served together in the 136th Airlift Wing celebrated the 4th of July together with a BBQ and fellowship. Pictured left to right are CMSgt (Ret) Bill Strouse, CMSgt (Ret) Johnny Jones, SMSgt (Ret) Charley McKenzie, CMSgt (Ret) Dennis Tubb and the current State Command Chief, CCMSgt Kevin O’Gorman. 


FORMER TAG AND STAFF OFFICERS MEET An impromptu reunion was recently held at a wedding on 31 May when these three old friends ran into each other. Pictured are NGAT Life Members, Former Adjutant General of Texas, LTG (Ret) Daniel James (center) and two of his former staff members, BG (Ret) Bill Goodwin (right) and COL (Ret) Jack Taliaferro (left). 

LTG (BVT) (Ret) Don O. Daniel (left), former commander of the 49th Armored Division, congratulates BG Lester Simpson on his assumption of command of the 36th Infantry Division following the change of command ceremony.  (Photo by MAJ Randy Stillinger)


About 40 former and current Texas Army National Guard Recruiters gathered at the Camp Mabry picnic area on 19 July 2014 for their first reunion. It was a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new friends. Several former commander and command sergeant majors from recruiting were in attendance. To reconnect with current and former TXARNG recruiters, join their group on Facebook: Texas Army National Guard R&R Force (Fmr & Present). For more information about future reunions, email COL (Ret) Dwain James at 



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These guys are calling this a mini TXARNG recruiting reunion but it looks more like a good reason to have drinks with some good friends. NGAT Life Members pictured left to right are SGM (Ret) Ed OKane, MSG (Ret) Abel Martinez, SGM (Ret) Mike Clements and SFC (Ret) Irving Morales. 


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56th Annual NGAT Conference 13-15 March 2015

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel ~ Corpus Christi, Texas Registration (ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE) All attendees must pay the registration fee of $15.00 per person. Meal Packages • Early Bird Registration fee is $95 and closes on 30 January 2015. • Regular Registration fee is $110 and closes on 2 March 2015. (The deadline for meal packages is 2 March 2015. After this date, meals must be purchased individually as available.) • A $25 late fee will be added to all registrations received after 2 March 2015. • All cancellation requests must be received in the NGAT office prior to 13 February 2015. Hotel • Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 900 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78401 • Make your reservations directly with the hotel at: 1-800-843-6664. Make sure to identify yourself as a member of the National Guard Association of Texas. • Hotel rate: $107 single/double plus tax per night. • Hotel reservations can also be made online at the NGAT website. (NGAT cannot guarantee rooms after 20 February 2015) ATTIRE • NGAT Business Session: Business Casual • NGAT Dinner: Army - Class A/Service Dress/Mess Dress; Air - Mess Dress/Service Dress; Civilians - Business Suit/ Evening Formal Wear; Spouses - After-Five Attire. Conference Optional Events • Golf Tournament – Shotgun, Florida scramble with low net/low gross competition. The golf tournament is open to both registered and non-registered attendees of the conference. Registration includes green fee, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, and award plaques. • 12th Annual Silent Auction – Bid on over 200 auction items and take advantage of some great bargains on gift baskets, jewelry, weekend getaways, and tickets to music, sports and other entertainment venues. • Wine Tasting - Enjoy a delicious variety of Texas wines at our wine tasting. • Spirits Tasting - Come sample some tequila and learn a little about the history and production of the many classic tequila brands. The session will feature several selections displaying a variety of characteristics and flavors. • Texas Hold’em Tournament - How good is your poker face? Do you have what it takes to go all-in? Then try your luck at the NGAT Texas Hold’em Tournament. • NGAT Welcome Party – Come enjoy our Margaritaville-themed party at Brewster Street Ice House. The Welcome Party menu includes beef and chicken fajita stations with all the trimmings and ice-cold refreshments. Live entertainment will be provided, so bring your dancing shoes and enjoy your evening with friends at the NGAT Welcome Party. • Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Spouses Luncheon on Saturday. Registration fee includes lunch, entertainment, and prizes. • Saturday Dinner – Dinner presentations include the Minuteman and Scholarship awards. At this year’s dinner attendees get to choose from three different entrées: Coriander Pork Tenderloin Medallions, Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, or Grilled Salmon with Pecan Butter. All of the entrees include chef’s choice of seasonal vegetables, iced tea and Starbucks coffee along with salad and dessert. Please make your entrée selection on your registration form. After dinner, guests will have the opportunity to visit hospitality suites. • Hospitality Suites will be located at the hotel, and units will compete for “Best Suite” award. • The NGAT Social Lounge – Visit and mingle with friends in a more conversation-friendly environment. • Enjoy a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and prayer during the NGAT Prayer Breakfast on Sunday morning. REGISTER ONLINE by visiting the NGAT Website at



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SGT Lakisha Fredericks of HHC, JTF-136 (MEB) affixes American flags to a unit humvee in preparation for the Sertoma July 4th Parade in Round Rock, Texas. (Photo SFC Daniel Griego) 


Tactical Air Control Party members from the 147th Air Support Operations Squadron 147th Reconnaissance Wing perform helicopter sling-load operations with a USCG Air Station Houston, Texas HH-65 Dauphin during a domestic training exercise at Texas Parks and Wildlife, Galveston Island State Park. 

MARCH FOR FALLEN HEROES SSG David J. Mendiola leads the way at the start of the 8th annual March for Fallen Heroes event. Dozens of Soldiers, Veterans, and family members marched to the Texas State Capitol as part of the March for Fallen Heroes during Memorial Day weekend. SSG Mendiola started the event eight years ago to honor fallen military members.  (Photo by CPT Adam Musil)


A TEXAS STATE GUARDSMAN CARRIES THE LOAD SGT (TX) Ken Clayton, a Civil Affairs team leader with the Texas State Guard, was among the top 15 finishers in the Dallas Memorial Day “Carry The Load” event. SGT (TX) Clayton raised more than $14,000, placing him among the top five individual fundraisers, and assisted the Texas State Guard 19th Regiment in raising $18,210, finishing 9th in team fundraising. He also completed the 79-mile course carrying a 40-lb load in 20 hours and 14 minutes. 

On Saturday, 14 June 2014 the Command and General Staff College (CGSCG) graduated its first class of twelve graduates from the Texas State Guard. The CGSCG is a graduate-level program for senior officers with the enduring purpose of supporting Leader Development and Education. Professional Military Education ensures the professional vitality of officers by preparing them to discharge their duties in the service to the state of Texas. Pictured left to right in the front: MAJ (TX) J. Michael Spraggins, LTC (TX) Kristopher K. Krueger, LTC (TX) Phyllis Brooks, LCDR (TX) Robert W. Finley, MAJ (TX) Donna V. Lary, MAJ (TX) Wendell C. Sadler, LTC (TX) Kevin J. Lilly. Back Row, left to right: MAJ (TX) Benedict J. Boerner, BG (TX) Brian K. Smallwood, COL (TX) Edwin A. Grantham, LTC (TX) James Ray Hays and MAJ (TX) Jose L. Garcia. 


TAPS (AS OF 07/07/14) SSG Angela Joy “AJ” Arcos, Retired, Mechanicsburg, PA

1SG Shannon B. “Bubby” McMakin, Life Member #2981, Retired, Taylor

SSG Albon L. Buffington, Life Member #10563, Retired, Woodville

SMSgt William Morgan, Retired, Rosanky

SGT Johnny K. Carver, Life Member #31085, Retired, Celina

CW4 Jimmy D. Nunnery, Life Member #3618, Retired, Austin

MAJ William A. Day, Life Member #6085, Retired, Abilene

MSgt Cornelius Ripps, Life Member #2491, Retired, San Antonio

SSG John V. Dudley, Life Member #1560, Retired, Abilene

*SMSgt Kenneth L. Russell, Life Member #13691, Retired, Arlington

*SSG Linda M. Duncum, Life Member #17643, Retired, Alpine

SSG Fernando D. Solis, Life Member #7882, Retired, Laredo

SFC Jerry L. Fohn, Life Member #7397, Retired, Red Rock

MSG Jody L. Shank, Life Member #11528, Retired, Walder

*SGT Federico F. Fuentes, Co E (FSC) 536th SPT BN, San Antonio

MSG Donald O. Starr, Life Member #7806, Retired, Mesquite

LT Rene R. Garcia, Life Member #2051, Retired, Alice

MSG Harry P. Stumpf, Life Member #1680, Retired, Spearman

MSG William L. “Bill” Jenkins Jr., Life Member #1231, Retired, Dripping Springs

Mr. Terry W. Tatum, Life Member #5655, Retired, Kaufman

CMSgt James D. Johnston, Life Member #2882, Retired, San Antonio Mr. Richard W. Karstetter, Life Member #12861, Retired, Palmyra, PA

Mr. William L. Tharp, Life Member #992, Valley Mills CW4 James G. West, Life Member #3319, Retired, Round Rock *Had NGAT Life Insurance

If you are aware of the passing of a current or former National Guard member, please notify us by phone, by sending a letter to our office, or by email at

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EANGUS Conference, Phoenix, AZ NGAT Board Meeting, Austin NGAUS Conference, Chicago, IL Labor Day (NGAT Office Closed) Patriot Day Columbus Day (NGAT Office Closed) NGAT Board Meeting, Austin Veteran’s Day (NGAT Office Closed) Thanksgiving Observed (NGAT Office Closed) National Guard’s Birthday Christmas Holidays Observed (NGAT Office Closed)

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New Years Day (NGAT Office Closed) Martin Luther King Day (NGAT Office Closed) NGAT Legislative Visit, Washington, D.C. EANGUS Area IV Mid-Winter, Oklahoma NGAT Board Meeting, Corpus Christi 56th Annual NGAT Conference, Corpus Christi

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NGAT News is the official magazine of The National Guard Association of Texas.

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