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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..........................................Priscilla Leger Retired Rep - Region 2...........................................Jerry Horsley Retired Rep - Region 3.........................................Buck Allbright Family Readiness Rep...........................................Miguel Torres Executive Director.................................................... Ray Lindner
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ON THE COVER (left side photos, top to bottom): SSG Mireya Cruz (center), a member of HHC 71st TIOG and the chairperson in charge of the EANGUS Junior Enlisted Committee, hosted the Senior Enlisted Leader Panel at the EANGUS Annual Conference held in August at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The senior enlisted panel pictured left to right is: CSM Brunk Conley, ARNG-CSM; CMSgt Mitchell Brush, NGB SEA; SGM Mike Schultz, OSD-RA, SEA; and CMSgt James Hotaling, ANG CCM. (Photo courtesy of the Arizona National Guard) CPT Jacob Patterson asks Maj. Gen. Judd Lyons, the Army National Guard Acting Director, a question at the Company Grade luncheon at the 2014 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) convention in Chicago, 24 Aug. (Photo courtesy of the Illinois National Guard) Right Side Photos: (top) NGAT Executive Director, Ray Lindner (left) presents 2LT Cody M. Zamaripa with the NGAT Distinguished Honor Graduate award at OCS Class #57 commissioning ceremony held at the Texas State Capitol. The NGAT Distinguished Honor Graduate award is an engraved clock and a free life membership to NGAT. (bottom) OCS Class #57 conducts an after action review following training at Camp Swift. NGAT is proud to announce the entire OCS Class #57 are NGAT members! 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 78731-6308 MEMBERS MAY EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGES TO: MEMBERSHIP@NGAT.ORG
President's Report It is October, and in North Texas we are all enjoying the spectacle that is the State Fair of Texas. Life seems simpler when you can sample the best fried food creations in the nation. You just have to love fall in Texas. As we begin to experience a reprieve from the Texas heat, I wanted to let you know about some of the things your association has been doing over the past few months. First, we need to recognize the efforts that our legislative team has made in our nation’s capitol in an effort to open frank and effective dialogue between our members and our elected representatives. We are still hard at work attempting to protect our Army’s assets here in the state, and Ray and the legislative committees are diligently working to educate our elected officials about the value of a strong Texas Military Force. Last year the Air Force saw the significance of having a strong Air Guard in Texas, and currently we are attempting to highlight the wisdom of maintaining a strong Army Guard presence in the Lone Star State. Our efforts have been strong, but it seems that the battle is far from over. This past August and September, NGAT representatives from the board of directors, along with some NGAT members, attended the EANGUS and NGAUS conferences in Phoenix, Arizona and Chicago, Illinois. During both conferences, it seemed that the divide between Army/Air and the Army/Air Guard was beginning to widen. During these times of drawdowns and budget cuts, a sense of protecting one’s own interests resonated at both gatherings. It will take a great effort from the enlisted and the officers from both services to not only protect our state’s interests, but to also show the state, nation, and our elected officials that our Texas military is second to none. I cannot stress enough the importance of attending the national conferences as well as our own association conference. These events help educate our members and give each of us a voice in the decision making process that shapes our associations’ futures (both federal and state). On that note, our 56th annual conference will be held in Corpus Christi on 13–15 March 2015. We are hard at work putting together a great event, and I would love to see NGAT have a strong showing in the Texas Riviera. And do not forget that we are still in the midst of our membership drive. Winners from the three different membership-growth categories will all receive hospitality suites in Corpus Christi. Please see your battalion or wing director for more details and for a membership application. Help us grow the association. As always, I want to thank you for your continued support of NGAT. If there is anything I can do for you, let me know.
See you at the beach!
Charles Chavers CMSgt, TANG President NGAT
MEET NGAT LIFE MEMBER #85 You never know who will stop by the NGAT office. Recently, we received a visit from MSG (Ret) James T. Densford. He is proud to be NGAT Life Member #85. We also learned that he is the brother of another NGAT Life Member, MG (Ret) Daniel D. Densford, and is the individual that designed our NGAT Life Membership pin (pictured below). Thanks for the memories.
Do you want your very own NGAT Life Membership pin? See pages 14 & 15 for information on our $100 Life Membership Special.
NEW AIR GUARD LIEUTENANT COLONEL
NGAT congratulates Lt Col John Pollard, a member of the NGAT board of directors representing the 149th Fighter Wing, on his recent promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. (Lt Col Pollard is pictured with YYork, a Military Working Dog (MWD) puppy. See page 5 for
more information on the MWD foster program.)
RTI trains new calvary scouts
LTC Kenn White, commander of the 1st Battalion, 136th Regional Training Institute (RTI), shows Maj Gen Kenneth Wisian, deputy adjutant general-Air and commander of the Texas Air National Guard, the layout of a Bradley live-fire range at Fort Hood, Texas on Sept 25, 2014. The range was the last event in the transition of the cavalry scout course taught by the RTI. (Photo by CPT Martha Nigrelle)
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The NGAT Silent Auction is a vitally important fundraising tool for our National Guard Association of Texas Education Foundation. We are always seeking new support through donated items. Your generous gift of an auction item will help us be able to continue to offer scholarships and support unit activities. Your donations to the auction are tax deductable.
For more information visit the NGAT website conference page or call MSG (Ret) Billeck-Zuniga at 512-454-7300.
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YYork is a Belgian Malinois puppy from the DoD Military Working Dog (MWD) Breeding Program at Joint Base San AntonioLackland. The double first letter in his name identifies him as a DoD Breeding Program dog. His entire litter (YY4) have names beginning with YY. His foster parent Col Susan Dickens, TXANG Commander of the 149th Mission Support Group Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field Annex, will foster him until late Nov 2014 when he will enter the MWD Puppy Training Program. Foster parents/families make a five-month committment to raise the puppy from ages two-months to seven-months. During that time, the puppy is trained and exposed by the foster family to a variety of different environments. For more information on the Military Working Dog Foster Program, send an email to email@example.com. Foster families must live within a 2 hour drive of Lackland AFB and meet other requirements.
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HISTORY IS MADE
SERVICE THROUGH MUSIC
MAJ Max Krupp, right, and SGT Kythao Le, left, of the 143rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) pose for a photo with BG Viet Luong following his promotion to Brigadier General at a ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas. BG Luong’s promotion makes him the first Vietnamese American to receive Flag Rank in the U.S. Military. BG Luong’s family escaped Vietnam when he was 9, shortly before the fall of Saigon.
MSG Erika Stevens, 531st Air Force Band, Band of the Southwest, Texas Air National Guard, shakes hands with former President George W. Bush after singing the national anthem at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, TX on 2 October 2014. Stevens sang as part of the opening ceremony during the 4th Annual Warrior Open Tournament. (Photo by MSgt Charles Hatton)
MOVIN’ ON UP OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE RECOGNIZED MAJ Mark Zullig, left, a member of the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) attended the annual Transportation Ball in downtown Richmond, VA with CW2 David Mellon, mobility warrant officer out of the 34th ID (Red Bulls) from Minnesota. CW2 Mellon won the 2013 Transportation Mobility Warrant Officer of the Year (Guard and Reserves). He received the award for his outstanding duty-performance while deployed with the 36th CAB in Kuwait.
TURNING CITIZENS TO AIRMEN Congratulations to the 136th Airlift Wing Recruiting Team for exceeding their goal by recruiting more than 100% this fiscal year. Way to “AIM HIGH!”
SGM (Ret) Becky Vlasak, left, pins a sergeant first class rank on SSG John Sekula, a member of HHB Intel & Sustain Company, during his recent promotion ceremony held at the USPFO at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.
ONE LAST GROUP PHOTO SGM Victor Guillermo, far left, and SGM Lori McLaurin, on the right wearing a medal, proudly stand with their USPFO transportation section following their retirement ceremony recently held at Camp Mabry. Also pictured from left to right are: SFC (Ret) Tom Weatherton, LTC Tom Peterson (Director of the USPFO Warehouse), MSG Antonnia Robinson, SSG Rosalyn Brown, SSG Paul Clark and 1LT Eric Green.
NGAT LIFE MEMBERS ARE EVERYWHERE You never know where you will run into a NGAT Life Member. Recently a group from NGAT attended the EANGUS Annual Conference and ran into SFC Jody Roberts. SFC Roberts is a NGAT Life Member who moved to Indiana and now serves in the Indiana Army National Guard. He was attending the EANGUS Conference to promote attendance for the 2015 EANGUS Conference scheduled to be held in Indianapolis, IN.
On 21 July 2014, Governor Rick Perry ordered the Texas National Guard to deploy up to 1,000 soldiers and airmen in support of Operation Strong Safety with the duty to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety in detecting and deterring criminal activity in the Rio Grande River Valley. More than 2,200 soldiers and airmen volunteered for the mission, and over 800 have completed required training at Camp Swift and have been deployed. By midOctober the task force will be fully deployed. The mission is to support civilian law enforcement agencies by performing routine observation and reporting activities, as well as to be a visible presence to deter criminal activity of transnational gangs and drug cartels. On the evening of Wednesday, 17 Sept. 2014, Texas National 285 Pounds of Illegal Narcotics Guardsmen supporting Operation Strong Safety along the Texas-Mexico border interdicted a group of drug smugglers walking out of a ridge PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TEXAS MILITARY FORCES complex in the Rio
Grande Valley. According to the Guardsmen working, they spotted four people traveling down a known drug trail carrying four packages. Two of the people were carrying rifles, and the other two were wearing tactical gear. The Guardsmen reached out to both the McAllen U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Station and the Texas Department of Public Safety partners for support. The drug smugglers had more than 285 pounds of illegal narcotics with them, which were seized by CBP. The Guardsmen use an array of advanced equipment in conducting interdiction operations in the Rio Grande Valley. The advanced optical equipment allows the operator to view over 10 kilometers to identify potential threats and illegal activity along the southern border. This type of equipment was used in the interdiction of the four people and the subsequent drug discovery. As a separate operation, the Texas State Guard has formed specially trained search teams to assist Brooks County officials with locating human remains of suspected illegal immigrants and has also saved lives of immigrants found stranded in the desert. The deployment is expected to last for up to a year and has already achieved a substantial decrease in illegal border crossings. ď‚ľ
(Photos by MAJ Randall Stillinger)
The Texas Military Forces Museum is about to add two extraordinary aircraft to its already impressive military aviation collection: a CH-34 helicopter (right) and a F84E fighter bomber (top). The aircraft will be displayed at Camp Mabry located in Austin. Several historic aircraft are already displayed on the post’s parade ground, including an F16, F4 and F86, all three of which were transferred to the Adjutant General’s Department of Texas from the National Museum of the United States Air Force. More than 30,000 people visit the Texas Military Forces Museum each year while 20,000 attend the annual Texas Military Forces Open House held at Camp Mabry every April. The F84E was the type of aircraft flown by the 136th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard during the Korean War. The CH-34 helicopter was assigned to the Texas Army National Guard during the 1960s and 1970s, during which period it was used to regularly
transport President Lyndon B. Johnston. The museum plans to build a major indoor exhibit to house the F84E. The CH34 will undergo an exterior restoration and be displayed on the Camp Mabry parade ground alongside other historic aircraft. These new projects are ambitious and will require support from those interested in preserving this history and these aircraft. The museum is looking for financial donations to assist in bringing the exhibits to life, as well as artifacts related to the service of Texas Air Guard servicemen who fought in the Korean War or Cold War. Everything from uniforms, equipment, photographs, letters, diaries, etc. is needed. Those interested in lending their expertise, time and effort to restoring the helicopter, to reassembling the F84E, to building the exhibit, or in becoming a volunteer tour guide at the museum are welcome to become part of the museum’s team by contacting Jeff Hunt at 512-782-5770 or at Jeffrey.email@example.com
COL David Webb
Commander 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
CSM Michael Bland
Command Sergeant Major Training Center Garrison Command
MAJ August Murray
Governor Rick Perry congratulates Robert J. Bodish on his promotion to Major General in the Texas State Guard. MG (TX) Bodish serves as the Deputy Commander, TXSG Garrison Command.
CSM Daniel Garcia
Maj Gen Kenneth W. Wisian (left), Assistant Adjutant General-Air and Commander of the Texas Air National Guard, administers the Oath of Office to David M. McMinn at Camp Mabry following his promotion to Brigadier General. Brig Gen McMinn will serve as the Vice Commander and Chief of Staff for the Texas Air National Guard.
Commander TXARNG Recruiting & Retention Command
Command Sergeant Major HHB 36th Infantry Division
MG (TX) Manuel A. Rodriguez VII (right), Commander of the Texas State Guard assists Holly Smallwood with pinning the rank of Brigadier General on her husband BG (TX) Brian Smallwood during his recent promotion ceremony at Camp Mabry. BG (TX) Smallwood will serve as the commander of the TXSG Maritime Regiment.
Former wing chaplain for the 147th Reconnaissance Wing, Chaplain (Lt Col) Mack Praytor, was recently promoted to head chaplain for the Texas Military Forces marking the first time in state history that an Air Force chaplain will serve in this capacity. The state chaplain oversees more than 60 chaplains and cares for the spiritual welfare of more than 20,000 Air Force, Army and Texas State Guard members.
TEXANS AND CHILEANS TRAIN TOGETHER Members of the Special Operations Detachment - Africa (Airborne) prepare for a “water jump” maneuver on a UH-60 Black Hawk in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo by SFC Suzanne Ringle)
Held 23 Aug 2014, this airborne operation, known as a “water jump,” had a lot of moving parts requiring Texas Army and Air National Guard units, as well as public facilities, to work together to accomplish the training. The Chilean special operations and Texas Army National Guard special operations units have had a cohesive working relationship since becoming state partners in 2008. Their partnership has allowed for a sharing of knowledge and expertise, as well as opportunities like the water-jump training, to gain a working, hands-on experience where everyone learns to function as a unit. This long-term bond fosters cooperation and strengthens international ties between allies.
Like a scene from an action-packed war movie, the Corpus Christi shoreline witnessed Green Berets leaping from helicopters with parachutes nearly translucent in the morning sun. The special operations Soldiers splashed into the quiet bay below as their chutes billowed above in the breeze. The mission: a joint airborne training exercise joining the Special Operations Detachment – Africa (Airborne) and the Chilean marine special operators in Corpus Christi, Texas aboard the historic USS Lexington Museum.
MAJ Robert Hites, a member of the Special Operations Detachment - Africa (Airborne), receives the Chilean airborne wings following a joint “water jump” exercise with the Chilean special operations in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo by SFC Suzanne Ringle)
Members of the Special Operations Detachment - Africa (Airborne) conduct a joint “water jump” maneuver with members of the Chilean special operations in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo by SFC Suzanne Ringle)
TEXAS STATE GUARD CHANGES COMMAND
In a change of command ceremony at Camp Mabry on Saturday, 4 October 2014, MG (TX) Gerald “Jake” Betty assumed command of the Texas State Guard (TXSG) from MG (TX) Manuel “Tony” Rodriguez VII. The Texas State Guard, along with the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Air Guard, is a major component of Texas Military Forces under the command of the governor. The Texas Military Forces are commanded by the state’s adjutant general, Maj Gen John F. Nichols. Governor Rick Perry announced in September that Betty would assume command upon the retirement of Rodriguez, who has commanded the TXSG since August 2012. “Over the last two years, MG (TX) Rodriguez has continued to demonstrate the integral role of the Texas State Guard to the Texas Military Forces and the people of the Lone Star State,” said Maj Gen John F. Nichols, Texas Adjutant
General. “Rodriguez has demonstrated his leadership skills and has distinguished himself in mission execution during his time in command.” As part of the change of command ceremony, Betty was promoted to major general and a new Senior Enlisted Advisor, Sgt Maj (TX) Bryan Becknel, took responsibility for the enlisted service members in the TXSG. As commander, MG (TX) Betty will be responsible for the organization, training, and administration of the Texas State Guard, reporting directly to the Texas Adjutant General. Currently, more than 2,200 men and women actively serve in the TXSG, which is divided into four operational components: Army, Air, Maritime and Medical. The mission of the Texas State Guard is to provide mission-ready military forces to assist state and local authorities in times of state emergencies, to conduct homeland security and community service activities under the umbrella of defense support to civil authorities; and to augment the Texas Army and Air National Guard as required.
Major General Jake Betty received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1973. Upon entering active duty, he was assigned to the 1st 501st Infantry Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. His assignments included Infantry Platoon Leader, Infantry Company Executive Officer, Recon MG (TX) Gerald “Jack” Betty Platoon Leader, and Commander Battalion S-3 Air. Upon Texas State Guard leaving active duty in 1977, he was assigned as Company Commander, C Company, 1-143 Infantry, 36th Airborne Brigade, Texas National Guard. In 1979 Colonel Betty transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves and held various leadership positions including a nine-month deployment from 1997 to 1998 in support of Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia. In February 2003, while serving as the Commander of the 3419th Military Intelligence Detachment, NASJRB Fort Worth, TX, he was mobilized to the Defense Intelligence Agency as Chief, Iraq Survey Group, Fusion Center – CONUS in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2003 after serving a total of 30 years. Since 2006 Betty has been a member of the Texas State Guard holding a number of leadership positions including Commander of the 8th Regiment headquartered in Houston, and of the Texas State Guard Headquarters J1. He has served on several state active duty missions to include Hurricanes Dean, Gustav, Dolly, Edouard, and Ike. In March 2013 General Betty was selected to serve as Commanding General, Army Component Command. On 1 September 2014 he was selected as Commanding General, Texas State Guard.
Sgt Maj (TX) Bryan Becknel Senior Enlisted Advisor Texas State Guard www.ngat.org
AROUND THE W
Yoel Romero (blue gloves) fought Tim Kennedy on 27 Sept. during a middleweight fight during UFC 178 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Although Tim did not win the fight, it was not without controversy. Tim is a Sergeant First Class in the Texas Army National Guard assigned to the Special Operations Detachment - Africa (Airborne). (Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA Today Sports)
Members of Special Operations Detachment - Africa pose for a photo with their Canadian counterparts in Quebec City, Canada where they were conducting language and cultural immersion training.
The 149th Civil Engineer Squadron from 149th Fighter Wing traveled to North Carolina to assist with the renovation of the Tarheel Challenge Academy’s school facilities and to conduct skills training. (Photo by TSgt Eric Wilson)
The people of France dedicated monuments in Vesoul and Saint-Raphaël, Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France to honor the sacrifices made by our 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard Soldiers during Operation Dragoon in August and September 1944.
SGT Marlene Duncan, 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (right), roleplays as a civilian media reporter during Operation Saber Junction held at Hohenfels in Nuremburg, Germany on 10 Sept. 2014. The 100th MPAD supported 17 countries, including the U.S., with realistic civilian media coverage giving leadership a better understanding of how to work with civilian media in an operational environment. (Photo courtesy of the 100th MPAD)
NGAT members attending the EANGUS Conference in Phoenix, AZ ran into the former Command Chief of the Air National Guard, CMSgt (Ret) Dick Smith (center). Chief Smith is also a life member of NGAT. Pictured left to right are: SrA Kevin Hannah, SGT Mark Adame, 1SG Allen Schonberg, CMSgt Chuck Chavers and CSM Donna Balderston.
the TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD
Congratulations to MAJ Chong and SSG Dilger who are the Minuteman Brigade’s newest graduates of the Civil Support Skills Course held at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Pictured left to right are: JTF Commander COL Lee Schnell, SSG Carolina Dilger, MAJ Chol Chong, 6th CST Commander LTC William Phillips, and JTF Sergeant Major CSM Richard Sublett.
Members of the Texas State Guard 2nd Bn, 8 CA RGT gave a presentation to members of the American Legion Post 164 in Katy, Texas. The presentation detailed the State Guard’s duties and responsibilities are. Pictured left to right are: SPC (TX) Verkon, PV2 (TX) Martin, Post Commander Ernie Courmeir, and NGAT Life Member SSG (TX) William Miller.
LTC (Ret) Marvin Harris (left), proudly stands with his wife Rose and sons Jalen and Jaren prior to attending the ring ceremony for his son Jalen. Jalen is a “Firstie” attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. SGT Justus Densmore, 342 Engineer Company, fires at his target during the 2014 inaugural USAR Small Arms Championship at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas. Densmore helped his team capture 1st place in the overall team competition on 25 September.
Joint Terminal Attack Controller with the 147th Air Support Operations Squadron, 147th Reconnaissance Wing performs close air support with a Czech forward air controller during the 2014 Ample Strike exercise in the Czech Republic.
Soldiers and Airmen from the Texas Military Forces attend the Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Region V competition held at Greenlief Training Center in Hasting, Nebraska. Pictured left to right are: 2Lt Brian Street, MSgt Donnie Hicks, and MAJ John Conley. (Photo by Tanya Lippincott)
More than 1,000 National Guard members from around the country assembled at the Phoenix Convention Center for the 43rd Annual National Conference and Expo of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, or EANGUS. Texas had eight members in attendance with three members on professional development. Elections were held, and EANGUS elected new leadership. We are proud to announce that the new EANGUS President is CMSgt (Ret) John Harris from Louisiana. We said farewell and thank you to SSG Mireya Cruz, a member of the 71st TIOG, for her years of service as the Area IV Director. SSG Cruz elected to run for EANGUS Treasurer, and although she did not win, we congratulate her for the gallant effort she put into her campaign. SSG Cruz will continue to represent Texas on several of the EANGUS committees. The biggest change at the EANGUS Conference was the passing of a bylaws change pertaining to EANGUS life memberships. The bylaw change reads as: life membership shall be made available to those members who shall so elect. The fee shall be payment of ten (10) years of the annual dues’ rate, regardless of age. What does that mean to you? If you’re a life member of NGAT and would like to become a life member of EANGUS, your cost would be $110.00 regardless of your age. Your membership is important to NGAT, so through the end of 2014 NGAT is offering a combined NGAT and EANGUS Life Membership for $210.00. THAT IS A BARGAIN! Better yet, you will be ensuring that your benefits and military interest are being protected. Visit the NGAT website to take advantage of this offer.
During the EANGUS Welcome Party held at the Lucky Strike Bowling Center in Phoenix, AZ, a single elimination bowling tournament was conducted. A total of 18 teams competed, and “Texas In The Gutter” won 1st place. The Texas team pictured above (left to right) consisted of NGAT President CMSgt Chuck Chavers, SrA Mark Hannah, SGT Mark Adame and SSG Mireya Cruz. Also part of the team but not pictured is 1SG Allen Schonberg and MSG (Ret) Theresa Billeck-Zuniga. WAY TO GO, NGAT!
For a complete list of bylaws changes that were approved, visit the NGAT website under the EANGUS tab.
NGAT & EANGUS Combined Life Membership Special! $210 Visit www.NGAT.org to take advantage of this special. Offer expires 31 December 2014
Join us at the 44th Annual EANGUS Conference in Indianapolis, IN, 8-13 August 2015.
National Guard officers and their families from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia met in the Chicago Convention Center to discuss the common challenges that confront the Army and Air National Guards nationwide. The mission of the annual NGAUS conference is to conduct the business of the association, and in that sense a bit of history was made. MG Deborah Ashenhurst, the Ohio adjutant general, was elected as the first woman to chair the NGAUS board of directors. Your voice in NGAT and NGAUS makes a difference; for example, there was a point in time last year when the Army Guard thought they would lose all of their AH-64 Apaches. That didn’t happen because you and many other NGAT and NGAUS members made their opinions known on Capitol Hill. Membership in NGAT and NGAUS provides you with a voice here in Texas and on Capitol Hill. By joining with other citizen Soldiers, you strengthen your voice with our state and elected officials. In addition, you will begin coming into contact with other citizen Soldiers in the Texas Military Forces, RANK O1 thus strengthening your link within the Texas O2 Military Forces.
We want you to be a member, so for a limited time NGAT will be offering a membership discount for enrollment in NGAUS and NGAT. See the chart below for more information.
NGAUS SPECIAL $30 $22.50
NGAT SPECIAL $200 $100
NGAUS Life - Currently Serving NGAUS Life - Currently Serving NGAUS Life - Retired
$1000 $750.00 $1000 $934.50
One-time payment 4 Payments over 2 years:
1st Pmt $187.50 Payment 2-4 $250.00 $125 $93.75
NGAUS & NGAT Dues Specials are only available to members of the Texas Military Forces and will expire on 28 Feb 2015
FORMER ARMY LEADERSHIP GOES TO ANNUAL TRAINING
In July when the 36th Infantry Division was conducting Annual Training at Fort Hood, the 36th Infantry Division Commander, BG Lester Simpson, invited former leaders of the division to come out and see the training that was taking place in the division. Pictured above are some of the former National Guard leadership that attended this event with currently serving Soldiers. (Photos by the 36th Infantry Public Affairs)
SFC RICHARD “STRETCH” ALLEN RETIRES
ONCE A SOLDIER, ALWAYS A SOLDIER
The Texas Army National Guard Field Artillery community bid farewell to SFC Richard “Stretch” Allen at his retirement ceremony held in San Marcos, Texas. SFC Allen entered the military on 22 October 1976 and left the National Guard after serving some 38 years of military service. He is a long-time supporter of NGAT, and we are happy to embrace him as a military retiree. SFC Allen is pictured above receiving one of his many retirement gifts from LTC Edward Dextraze (left) at his retirement ceremony.
NGAT LIFE MEMBER SERVING THE COMMUNITY Our Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard Association of Texas continue to serve our community long after they are retired. Meet CMSgt Robert Heinrich, life member #3802. We found him selling raffle tickets at the St Mary’s Catholic Church annual picnic in High Hill, Texas.
During one of the lifts to the training site when former National Guard leadership visited the 36th Infantry Division’s Annual Training we caught these three Soldiers catching up on old times. Pictured left to right are: CSM (Ret) Bruce Hendry, former NGAT President CSM (Ret) Jeff Merrill, and CSM (Ret) Jim Broyles. This is what 80 plus years of service looks like. SALUTE!!
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(Pictured left) HHB3-133 FA conducts a “powder burn” bringing an end to Live Fire activities.
(Background Photo) Cannon crew members with Battery C, 3-133rd Field Artillery prepare to fire a highexplosive round from an M777A2 howitzer during live-fire training at Dona Ana Training Area, New Mexico. This unit is the first Texas Army National Guard unit to field this equipment.
Member of the 3-133rd Field Artillery Regiment recently completed Annual Training at Fort Bliss and the Dona Ana Training Area in New Mexico. The battalion spent the first week conducting refresher training on the M119A3 and learning how to operate the new M777A2. After a week of training, the units had mastered the operation of firing both old and new equipment. During Annual Training the 3-133rd FA was making history by being the first Texas Army National Guard unit to field and fire the new M777A2 howitzer. The M777A2 Lightweight 155 mm Howitzer, simply referred to as the M777A2 or the triple 777, provides direct reinforcing and general support fire to maneuver forces. The M777A2 fires unassisted projectiles to a range of 15 miles and assisted projectiles to 19 miles, but the addition of the digital fire control system enables the weapon to program and fire the improved Excalibur precision-guided munitions to ranges in excess of 25 A Btry and B Btry 3-133FA conduct M119A3 Howitzer live fire miles and land within 10 meters of its target. at Dona Ana Base Camp, Ft Bliss, TX. Near the completion of Annual Training, the battalion had over 100 family members, employers, and other guests come to visit the Soldiers in the field on family day. LTC Miguel Torres, 3-133rd FA commander, said the event was the first time the unit had hosted an event of this size, and he was ecstatic to see everyone in attendance. “Sometimes the families don’t know what their Soldiers do when they come out here,” Torres said. “For a lot of them, this is the first time they’re seeing what they do.”
Commander of the 56th IBCT, COL David Webb (left), observes a company fire support team from HHB 3-133rd FA calling for Members of HHB 3-133rd FA Fire Direction Center prepare artillery fire at Fort Bliss, Texas. coordinates for an incoming fire mission.
FROM BEAUTY QUEEN TO SERGEANT Lauren Guzman relinquished her crown as Miss Texas USA 2014 on 31 August 2014. This past year she has represented the Lone Star State and served the citizens of Texas as a sergeant in the Texas State Guard (TXSG). SGT (TX) Guzman joined the TXSG in 2007 and is a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Regiment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in forensic science from St. Mary’s University, which she earned while serving in the guard.
WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN Drop zone support Soldiers with the 36th Infantry Division sprint to two airborne jumpers who nearly collided during an airborne jump during annual training at Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo by SPC Christina Clardy)
OPERATION LONE STAR SGT Justin A. Wilton, Texas Medical Command, prepares a patient’s immunization at Operation Lone Star at Ringgold Middle School in Rio Grande City. (Photo by SGT Adrian Shelton)
GOLFERS RAISE MONEY FOR TXMF FAMILIES
The National Guard Association of Texas and the Pine Forest Golf Club in Bastrop, Texas hosted the 1st Annual Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation (TXNGFSF) Golf Tournament. More than eight foursomes competed for some great prizes. Organizers raised $2,400 for the TXNGFSF.
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IT’S ALL IN THE TECHNIQUE CPT David Jones, center, the battalion medical provider with Headquarters Support Company, DHHB, demonstrates his technique for applying stitches to a laceration using a piece of raw chicken during the 36th Infantry Division’s Annual Training at Fort Hood. (Photo by SPC Christina Clardy)
WELCOME TO THE TEXAS STATE GUARD
Congratulations to 19th Regiment Texas State Guard enlistees sworn in by 2nd Battalion Commander LTC (TX) William Johnson at their first of three basic orientation training weekends. Recruits sworn in are as follows: Jonathan Sims, John Simmons, Maximilian Bradicich, James Miller, Kevin Schmeider and Colton House.
Join us in Corpus christi at the NGAT Conference The 56th Annual NGAT conference will be held 13–15 March 2015 at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel and the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. registration (ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE) All attendees must pay the registration fee. Registration fee is $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 1 March 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 Welcome Party: Hawaiian Shirt or MuuMuu 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 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. Live entertainment will be provided. Wear your craziest Hawaiian shirt or muumuu and enjoy your evening with friends. • Spouse Luncheon – Enjoy a guided tour of the Art Museum of South Texas and lunch at Hester’s Café in the museum. The museum showcases regional fine art, photography, and crafts. For more information on the museum, visit artmuseumofsouthtexas.org. Registration fee also includes transportation. • 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, starch, and dessert. Please make your entrée selection on your registration form. • Hospitality Suites will be located at the hotel, and units will compete for “Best Suite” award. • NGAT Social Lounge – Visit and mingle with friends in a more conversationfriendly environment. • Enjoy a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and prayer during the NGAT Prayer Breakfast on Sunday morning.
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ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION The National Guard Association of Texas Education Foundation announces its annual scholarship competition. Educational grants for attendance at a college or university will be awarded to Active or Life Members of NGAT and/or their spouses, sons, or daughters. The deadline for receipt of all applications is 13 February 2015 in the NGAT office. 20
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NGAT Conference Welcome Party Join us at the Welcome Party during the NGAT Conference on 13 March 2015. Wear your craziest Hawaiian outfit and win cool prizes!
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NGAT Junior Enlisted Package (Includes registration) Lone Star Package (E1-E6 only) Includes 2 NGAT Meal Packages, 2 Registrations and 2 Nights at the Omni Hotel Please select Lunch - LE - Lunch w/Exhibitors RL - Retiree Lunch SL - Spouses Lunch $350 ea Attendee Lunch (circle one) LE RL SL Spouse/Guest Lunch (circle one) LE RL SL Deadline 6-Feb-15 Please select Dinner Entrée: Beef/Chicken/Fish Attendee (circle one) B C F Spouse/Guest (circle one) B C F Hotel Room King Double (NGAT will book the hotel room for this package) Registration - All Attendees Must Pay Registration Fee Attendee Registration Fee $15 Spouse/Guest Registration Fee $15 Meal Packages (Registration fee required with all packages) $95 ea NGAT Meal Package - Sessions, Exhibits, Hospitality Rooms, ( Early Bird thru 1-31-15)
Welcome Party, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Please select Lunch - LE - Lunch w/Exhibitors RL - Retiree Lunch SL - Spouses Lunch
Attendee (circle one) LE RL SL Spouse/Guest (circle one) LE RL SL Please select Dinner Entrée: Beef/Chicken/Fish Attendee (circle one) B C F Spouse/Guest (circle one) B C F Friday Welcome Party Attendee Spouse/Guest Saturday Breakfast Only Package (at American Bank Center) (FREE) Breakfast for NGAT Member Non-NGAT Member Breakfast Spouse/Guest Breakfast Saturday Lunch Only Package LE - Lunch w/Exhibitors RL - Retiree Lunch SL - Spouses Lunch Attendee (circle one) LE RL SL Spouse/Guest (circle one) LE RL SL Saturday Dinner Only Package - Please select Dinner Entrée: Beef/Chicken/Fish Attendee (circle one) B C F Spouse/Guest (circle one) B C F Attendee Spouse/Guest Sunday Prayer Breakfast (Optional Meal) NGAT Optional Events (not included in Basic Registration) Golf Tournament (Fri) Attendee Handicap: ____ Spouse/Guest Handicap: ____ ________________________________________________ Names of Golf Team: Attendee Spouse/Guest Fun Run (Fri) Specify T-Shirt Size:
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NGAT Wine Tasting (Fri) 1100-1200 Spirits Tasting (Fri) 1230-1330
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Check Enclosed (Please make check payable to NGAT) Donation - NGAT Educational Foundation $____________ Charge my: MasterCard Visa Expiration Date: ____________ SubTotal: $____________ Card #: ____________________________________ Total (Check): $____________ CC Security Code: _______ CC Billing Address Zip Code: _______ Late Fee after 1 Mar 15 (Add $25): $____________ Credit Card Handling Fee (Add 5%): Name of Cardholder:___________________________________________ $____________ Signature of Cardholder: _______________________________________ Total (Credit Card): $____________ ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT WWW.NGAT.ORG For Assistance Call 512-454-7300 MEAL PACKAGES MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO REGISTER AFTER MARCH 2, 2015 OR ONSITE!
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TAPS as of 10/06/14
MSG Cecil K. Baker, Life Member #2120, Retired, Fort Worth Mr. Brian M. Bennett, Retired, Los Fresnos
Mr. Bennilee J. Pennington, Life Member #2188, Retired, Welch
BG Howell “Hal” L. Boyd, Life Member #1923, Retired, San Angelo
1SG Mario Quinones Jr., Co B 1-141 INF, Pearland Mr. Ronnie Ridout, Retired, San Antonio
SPC Charles R. Clarke, CO B (-) 449th ASB, Austin
MSG Patrick E. Roth, Life Member #8220, Retired, Austin
MSG Raul G. Flores, Life Member #8835, Retired, San Antonio
*Mr. Timothy W. Talent, Life Member #14640, Retired, New Boston
MSgt Howard H. Gross, Life Member #237, Retired, Huntsville
SPC James E. Toliver, 712th MP Guard Co, Beaumont COL Earl C. Wilkes, Life Member #15059, Retired, Austin
1SG Thomas L. Harper, Retired, Hutto COL Milton W. Johnston, Life Member #1760, Retired, Marshall
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SMSgt Willie C Maxie, Life Member #16332, Houston TSgt Kenneth W. McLennan, Life Member #21643, Retired, Katy
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Whole Life Insurance Policies are now available for NGAT Members ages 66–75 Members (including associate members) may now apply for whole life insurance even if they have been discharged or retired from the Guard.
Whole Life Insurance – Pay the same premium for the rest of your life and accrue a cash value Members age 66–75 may apply Amounts of insurance available: $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000, $50,000, and $75,000 Evidence of insurability may be required Spouses may be insured Premiums are the same regardless of tobacco usage UNDERWRITTEN BY AMERICAN EQUITY INVESTMENT LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY If interested, please complete the information below and return to: NGAT, 3706 Crawford, Austin TX 78731, FAX (512) 467-6803 PHONE (512) 454-7300 or email email@example.com NAME_____________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS__________________________________________________________________ CITY__________________________________ ST___________ ZIP__________________ SSN______________________________ DATE OF BIRTH__________________________ DAYTIME PHONE___________________________________________________________ CIRCLE AMOUNT OF INSURANCE DESIRED: $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $50,000 $75,000
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NGAT PLANNING CALENDAR (As of 15 October 2014)
2014 27 Oct 11 Nov 27–28 Nov 10 Dec 13 Dec 24–31 Dec
NGAT Strategic Planning Meeting, Austin Veteran’s Day (NGAT Office Closed) Thanksgiving Observed (NGAT Office Closed) NGAT Legislative Reception, Washington, D.C. National Guard’s Birthday Christmas Holidays Observed (NGAT Office Closed)
2015 1 Jan 19 Jan 3–5 Feb 13–15 Feb 16 Feb 23 Feb 12 Mar 13–15 Mar
New Year’s Day (NGAT Office Closed) Martin Luther King Day (NGAT Office Closed) NGAT Legislative Visit, Washington, D.C. EANGUS Area IV Mid-Winter, Oklahoma President’s Day (NGAT Office Closed) NGAT Board Meeting, Austin NGAT Board Meeting, Corpus Christi 56th Annual NGAT Conference, Corpus Christi