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Volume 54

Number 2

HOMECOMING.................. 6


GONZALES CUP................ 16

GOVERNORS 20................ 21


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2012-13 Board of Directors President............................................................ Charles Chavers President-Elect.........................................................Daniel Quick Vice President...........................................................Scott Wedel


Secretary/Treasurer..............................................Ashley Bloom Joint Forces Hqs............................. Michael Courade (Enlisted) TX ARNG..........................................Ambrosio Aguilar (Enlisted) 36th Infantry Division......................Kenneth Henry (Enlisted) 72nd IBCT..................................................Les Edwards (Officer) 72nd IBCT...............................Paula Daigle-Hutchins (Enlisted) 56th IBCT....................................................Kenn White (Officer) 56th IBCT.............................................. Jeremy Amis (Enlisted)* 36th Sustainment Bde ...............Murphy McCardell (Enlisted) 36th CAB.................................................Ashley Bloom (Officer) 176th Engr Bde...............................Delmas Vandine (Enlisted) 71st BfSB......................................... Todd Richardson (Enlisted) 136th CSB (ME)..................................... Ardis Harden (Enlisted) HQ, TANG...................................................... Ian Manire (Officer) 149th FW.................................................. John Pollard (Officer) 147th RW....................................................Anita Blue (Enlisted) 136th AW................................................... Scott Wedel (Officer) TX State Guard Rep......................Kristopher Krueger (Officer) Retired Rep - Region 1..........................................Stan Kitzman Retired Rep - Region 2...........................................Jerry Horsley Retired Rep - Region 3.........................................Buck Allbright Family Readiness Rep........................................Alba Villanueva Reserve Directors (56th IBCT) .................Mark Horn (Enlisted) Executive Director.................................................... Ray Lindner * Representing Deployed Dir

 Editors..........................................Theresa Billeck-Zuniga Laura Bianco Graphic Designer..........................................Kathy White

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Letter from the President Member Spotlight Homecomings Deployments Legislative Update Key Leadership Changes Around the World with the Guard Annual Training with the Texas Military Forces Texas State Guard Gonzales Cup Dedicated Moms & Dads in Uniform Do You Remember? EANGUS/NGAUS Conference Around Texas with the Guard TAPS/Corporate Members and Sponsors NGAT Planning Calendar

Publisher...................................................Ames Printing Executive Director.........................................Ray Lindner

ON THE COVER (left side photos, top to bottom): MAJ Tony Fears, SFAT 57 Team Commander, 56 IBCT coming back from Afghanistan.



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SGT Peter Willis, left, and SGT Joshua Prescott, both with the Security Force Assistance Team, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, dismount a .50 caliber machine gun from their vehicle after a successful mission at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, June 4, 2013. (Photo by SGT Jessi Ann McCormick) Soldiers compete in the Texas State Guard Commanders Small Unit Challenge for the Gonzales Cup. MSgt Troy Proctor, 136 Airlift AW, competes in the Governors 20 Competition. (Photo by Tanya Lippincott) Right Side Photo: SGT Royal Thornton, Co B 636th Spt Bn, performs annual training at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas, June 6, 2013. (Photo by SFC Daniel Griego) 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 Summer has arrived in Texas, and the temperature outside is not the only thing on the rise as the threat of sequestration and furlough actions against military technicians are now being enacted. Most did not believe that furloughs would ever be sanctioned against our dual status technician workforce, but the cutbacks are moving forward. These are troubling times, and where the National Guard goes from here is dependent upon what happens in the next few months. The nation is still hoping that our elected legislators will decide on a budget before the beginning of fiscal year 2014. Many in Austin and Washington DC feel that our country is facing the beginning of a military restructure, and the National Guard will not be exempted from these changes. There is a very strong chance that these changes will benefit the National Guard in the long run, but the short term effects could be tough on current Army and Air Guard members. The National Guard is at a crossroads, and NGAT needs your help in taking our story to the legislatures and to the American populace. It will take a strong coordinated effort on all of our parts to ensure that the Texas National Guard remains the same elite military force that is today. All our members can stay informed by logging onto and utilizing the action center and alert functions found on the site. Help NGAT help you. On a lighter note, August and September offer each of us an opportunity to attend the annual EANGUS and NGAUS conferences in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Honolulu, Hawaii. EANGUS is taking place 18-21 August, and NGAUS takes place 20-23 September. If possible, make plans to attend these events and help NGAT make its voice heard within our national associations. Both conferences will offer an opportunity to encourage positive change within the military system, and I know that Texas will make every effort to have a strong showing at both events. See the NGAT website for more details. As always, I want to thank you for your continued support of the Association. If there is anything I can do for you let me know. Have a great summer.

Charles Chavers CMSgt, TANG President NGAT

Happy 95th Birthday to the Warrant Officer Corps. Pictured are just a few of the more than 340 warrant officers assigned to the Texas Army National Guard. The United States Warrant Officers Association Audie Murphy Chapter is the 3rd largest chapter in the state of Texas. For more information visit Some of the retirees from 136th Airlift Wing (TXANG) spent the 4th of July together to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Pictured left to right are: CMSgt (Ret) Johnny Jones, SMSgt (Ret) Charley McKenzie, Col (Ret) Maritta Loo, CMSgt (Ret) Dennis Tubb and CMSgt (Ret) Bill Strouse. All are life members of NGAT.

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GRAY RECEIVES LONG AWAITED PROMOTION The Texas Military Forces Museum hosted a promotion ceremony for long-time volunteer SSG James Gray on the occasions of his promotion to SFC. SFC Gray is an NGAT Life Member. ď‚ľ



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DAUGHERTY MAKES COMMANDANT’S LIST Congratulations to new NGAT member SGT Dwyne Daugherty, B Company 449th ASB for graduating on the Commandant’s List, Class 705-13, Third Army NCO Academy Warrior Leader Course, Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Great job...Keep up the good work!!! 

FORMER NGAT PRESIDENT RECEIVES SECOND STAR BG William L. Smith smiles as his wife, COL (Ret) Cindy Smith, and father, MSG (Ret) Stanley Smith, pin on shoulder boards with two stars during his promotion to major general at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, June 24, 2013. Smith is a life member and former president of the National Guard Association of Texas and was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as the Assistant Adjutant General for Army.  (Photo by SSG Jennifer D. Atkinson)

ONCE A REDLEG ALWAYS A REDLEG COL Rick Blair takes a moment to thank friends and family and reminisce on his experiences in the Texas Military Forces during his retirement ceremony at Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas. During his retirement ceremony COL Blair was inducted into the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara, patron saint of field artillery and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his exemplary service to our state and nation.  (Photo by MSG Ken Walker)

THE USPFO OF TEXAS RETIRES COL Gina Seiler (left) reads the citation as COL Jeffery L. Lewis, USPFO for Texas is presented by order of the Secretary of Defense the Defense Superior Service Medal for his superior meritorious service as the USPFO of Texas from 2007 to 2013. COL Lewis recently was honored at a retirement ceremony for his 33 years of service to our state and nation at the USPFO warehouse.  (Photo by MSG (Ret) Theresa Billeck-Zuniga)

LONG RECEIVES WOSM OF YEAR AWARD NGAT Life Member CW3 Michael Long (right) receives the NGB Warrant Officer Strength Manager of the Year award for FY12 from CW5 Earnest Metcalf (left) and MG Joyce Stephens (center). It’s the equivalent of the Chief’s 50 but for Warrant Officer recruiters. “I think I’m the only one that has ever been both a Chief’s 50 (now it called 54) and a WOSM of the Year.” Long said. 

HUNT AWARDED COMMANDING GENERAL’S AWARD MG (TX) Manuel A. Rodriguez VII (center), commander of the Texas State Guard, and NGAT Executive Director Ray Lindner (left), presents the NGAT Commanding General’s Award to newly commissioned 2LT (TX) Scott Hunt, OCS Class 12 Distinguished Honor Graduate. 2LT (TX) Hunt also received a free life membership to NGAT for his achievement. 

CAMP MABRY BIDS FAREWELL TO MAJOR GENERAL STEVENS NGAT Life Member, MG Joyce Stevens is presented the Texas Superior Service Medal from the Adjutant General of Texas, Maj Gen John F. Nichols, on the occasion of her retirement at Camp Mabry after serving 32 years in the Texas Army National Guard. MG Stevens was the first female in the Texas Army National Guard to obtain the rank of Brigadier General and Major General. At her retirement ceremony she left us all with one important message to always remember, “If they work for you, You work for them,” said MG Stevens. You can view her farewell message on the Texas Military Forces YouTube page.  (Photo courtesy of the Texas Military Forces)


HOMECOMINGS TASK FORCE CENTURION TRANSFERS RESPONSIBILITY Soldiers in the 136th MEB completed their ninemonth mission in Kabul, Afghanistan with an official transfer of authority ceremony on Camp Phoenix. The incoming unit, the 226th MEB, Alabama National Guard, accepted the responsibility for camp management, Afghan police training, and civil affairs projects management. During their deployment, the 136th MEB started or completed more than threedozen local construction projects and trained more than 300 Afghan police in urban quick reaction tactics and logistics. During the ceremony, the commander of the 136th MEB, BG William Hall said relationships were the key to the unit’s many accomplishments. Specifically, the unit Police Advisory Team and its effects team worked to build and maintain positive relationships with the local and construction contractors in Kabul. Those relationships saved the U.S. government thousands of dollars while the unit oversaw construction projects and they kept its Soldiers safer with the cooperation of local police forces. The nearly 200-Soldier unit swelled to a task force of more than 500 during its deployment. After a much deserved break, these Soldiers will return to their civilian occupations in Central Texas as lawyers, policemen, engineers and teachers to name a few. 

(Left) Some loyal Longhorn fans give the camera a “Hook’em Horns” while they wait for their transportation to the United States from Afghanistan. Pictured left to right are: MAJ Raymond Naraine, CPT Jose Martinez, LTC George Oteiza, 1LT Adam Steele and CPT Joanna Wollenberg. All are NGAT Life Members.

(Above) CPT Luke Beatty (right) a member of the 136th MEB receives the Bronze Star Medal for his superior service while deployed from the 136th MEB Commander, BG William Hall during an award ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan.

(Background Photo) This is what’s inside a Texas can of whoop ass, the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade coming home from Afghanistan.

149TH FIGHTER WING CELEBRATES HOMETOWN HEROES Members of the 149th Fighter Wing in San Antonio patiently wait for the Hometown Heroes ceremony to begin. The program recognizes unit members for their deployments, families, friends, and employers. The program is focused on recognizing service members committments, community, employers, and families. The Hometown Heroes program was sanctioned by the director of the Air National Guard in 2008 and was formally launched in 2009.  (Photo by SSgt Eric Wilson)



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Lt Col Josh Lewis of the 254th Combat Communications Group is greeted by his family upon his return from deployment to Afghanistan.

DEPLOYMENTS THE ADJUTANT GENERAL VISITS DEPLOYED TEXANS The Adjutant General of Texas, Maj Gen John F. Nichols, and Senior Enlisted Advisor, CSM Bradley Brandt, visit with Soldiers of the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade and Airmen from the 136th Airlift Wing in Kuwait. Both units are from the Texas National Guard.  (Photos by MAJ Randy Stillinger and SGT Mark Scovell)

Maj Gen Nichols and CSM Brandt visit with Airmen from the 136th Airlift Wing from Fort Worth, Texas during a visit to Kuwait.

The Adjutant General of Texas, Maj Gen John F. Nichols, and Senior Enlisted Advisor, CSM Bradley Brandt, fly in a UH-60 “Blackhawk” helicopter over the Kuwait desert to visit deployed Texas troops.

Leadership from the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade brief the Adjutant General. Pictured left to right are COL Richard Adams - Cdr, 36th CAB, CSM Elizabeth Shockley - 36th CSB CSM, LTC Scott Kingsley - Brigade XO, LTC Jim Nugent - Brigade S3.

SPC Claude Clinton (left) and SFC Andrew Filbeck (right) of the 36th CAB Fires Section brief Maj Gen Nichols on the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) and how it integrates into Army Aviation operations.

Soldiers from the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade on the flight deck of the USS Ponce in the Arabian Gulf.


Legislative Report We could spend the entire magazine issue updating you on all the things that are happening on the legislative front. Suffice it to say, we are heavily engaging on many issues. Here are the major items we have either been working on or are facing:

FEDERAL Technician Furlough: One of the most disastrous effects of sequestration has been the imposition of a furlough on National Guard military technicians. Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) introduced H.R. 1014 to protect National Guard military technicians from sequestration furloughs. The bill would amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to provide that military technicians (dual status) shall be included in military personnel accounts for purposes of any order issued under that act. As such, any order from the President to exempt military personnel accounts from sequestration would then apply to military technicians. SPC (TX) Christopher Gano, a member of the Texas State Guard, places a Radio

NGAT has contacted all of the Texas delegates Frequency Identification (RFID) wristband on Governor Rick Perry during the Texas urging them to support this bill, but so far the bill Division of Emergency Management’s Showcase and Exercise at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The wristbands are a component of the Texas Emergency continues to languish in the Budget Committee. Tracking Network, which can be used during disaster response situations. There is almost no hope of it being added to the (Photo by SSgt Phil Fountain) Senate version of the NDAA (which has passed the House), and it may very well die a neglected death in committee. We urge members to continue to send emails to their representatives to support the bill; there is an outside chance it could be appended to another bill. Go to NGAUS Legislative Alert 13-18 ( and send an email to your representative. 

Force Structure: The Army has announced it will cut ten Infantry Brigade Combat Teams, and we can expect the axe to fall soon on Guard forces nationwide. The Air Force has already tried once to move our C-130s, and there will no doubt be other (though probably less overt) attempts to reduce wings and/or manpower.

NGAT Member SGT Richard Chouinard ran into Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi during a mission trip to Laredo with the 249th Transportation Company.



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We are supporting the TAG in his efforts to protect both TXARNG and TXANG force structure and to position the TXNG to receive new force structure. Due to the sensitive nature of some of these moves, we can only share that your TXNG leadership is working diligently to secure the best possible future for our state, and we are actively supporting those efforts. 

STATE Hazlewood Benefits: There were minor changes to the administration of Hazlewood benefits, and additional money was set aside to fund part of the colleges and universities shortfalls. There were no changes to eligibility or benefit levels. However, there is potentially a huge bill to be paid to continue the benefit, and we expect that in the next session Hazlewood will be drastically revised. While we expect the benefit to remain for the soldier and airman, we believe the transferability clause to children will be eliminated next session. If you plan to use the benefit in that way, do so soon. ď‚ľ Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (left) along with Maj Gen John Nichols (right), Adjutant General of Texas, COL Greg Barrow (center left), Commander of the 72nd Infantry Brigade, and CSM Anthony Carter (center right), place 27 new campaign streamers on the 1-141st Infantry Regiments colors during the 1-141st Inf Rgmt Campaign Streamer Ceremony held on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

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TEXAS MILITARY FORCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES NEW VA CLINIC OPENS IN SOUTHEAST AUSTIN The Austin VA Outpatient Clinic has moved to 7901 Metropolis Drive in southeast Austin. The clinic is 184,000 square feet - the largest, free-standing VA outpatient clinic in the nation. They officially opened their doors for business on July 9th. The new VA clinic, is looking to expand imaging services, such as MRI scans, CT scans and digital mammographies. Other new services include cancer consultations and chemotherapy treatments, gastroenterology services and colonoscopies; and neurological, orthopedic, general, and ear, nose and throat surgery. These will be added over the course of one to two years, said Abraham Delgado, the clinic’s chief medical officer. For years, veterans had to travel more than 70 miles north to the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple for those services and others, Delgado said.

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Assistant to the Director of the Army National Guard Washington, D.C.

The clinic plans to hire up to 145 new staff members to operate this expanded facility. They will also hire one or two more staffers to conduct examinations for benefits. That could help chip away at the mountainous backlog of VA disability claims in Central Texas that has resulted in wait times of more than 300 days for the average veteran, Delgado said. The grand opening ceremony for the new Austin clinic will take place August 22 at 2 p.m. For more information about the new facility to include directions and clinic phone numbers visit

BG (TX) Gerald R. “Jake” Betty Deputy Commander Texas State Guard Army Component Command

COL Patrick Hamilton Domestic Operations Commander

TEXAS STATE AWARDS REPLACEMENTS You can now order Texas Military Forces State Service Medals online from Northwest Territorial Mint. On their website select military medals, then state service ribbons and then be sure to select Texas. Please share this with your units and retired Guard friends. Medals/State_Service_Ribbons



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1SG Rodney Wilk Command Sergeant Major 72nd STB

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RLD with SSgt Joshua Ledesma (left) and SSgt Jaime Alonzo (right), weapons specialists with the 149th Fighter Wing, load MK-82 inert bombs on F-16 fighter aircraft during Coronet Badger, a training exercise at Volk Field, WI. (Photo by SMSgt Mike D. Arellano)

CMSgt Keith Mears, Emergency Manager Coordinator, and SMSgt Joel Cherry, Emergency Manager Superintendent, 136th Civil Engineer Squadron, monitor a mock disaster site during a mass casualty exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base, Texas. (Photo by MSgt Charles Hatton)

MSG Eric Miles Sr. (center) a member of the TXARNG Recruiting & Retention Command and his son PFC Monteze Miles (right) a member of Co F 949th BSB visit PV2 Eric Miles Jr. (left) during family day. PV2 Miles is at Fort Jackson, SC attending school to become a 91B - Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic in the Texas Army National Guard. CPL (TX) David Stewart and other members of the Texas State Guards 4th Regiment’s team carry a mannequin on a makeshift stretcher as part of the first-aid portion of the competitions held during Annual Training at Camp Bowie. (Photo by MAJ (TX) Michael Sullivan)

A delegation of Texas National Guardsmen traveled to Cassino, Italy to represent the 36th Infantry Division in several ceremonies honoring those who fought and died during the liberation of Italy from the Germans in World War II. Pictured left to right are: SFC Crystal Barton, SSG Dominik Gonzales, SFC Gregory Fox, SGT Matthew Turnell, COL Charles Aris, SFC Kenneth Saffell, SPC Adam Best, CSM Mark Horn, and SPC Deanne Ybarra.

1LT Andrew Tillman (right) gets pinned to captain by his father, LTC James Tillman, during an official promotion ceremony recently in Kabul, Afghanistan. Both are NGAT members and members of the 136th MEB.



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the TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD Members of the 56th IBCT Security Forces Assistance Team 5H prepare to go out on a mission in Afghanistan. Pictured left to right are: SPC Jason Jackson, SGT Aaron Fowler, SFC Joseph Carabajal, and 1LT Carlos Castanoseck. NGAT Members CPT Stacy Rostorfer and CW2 Zach Koehn of Co B 1-149th Avn send 4th of July greetings from Afghanistan. (Photo by SGT Randy Way)

SPC Dylan Peele (standing) of HHC, 36th CAB briefs COL Richard Adams and the brigade staff during a recent commander’s update brief in Kuwait. No pressure! (Photo by MAJ Randy Stillinger)

SFC Jeremy Amis (NGAT Board of Directors) sings the American National Anthem in front of a coalition audience during the NCO induction ceremony held at Tarinkot, Afghanistan. (Photo by Seaman Andrew Dakin)

A Special Forces Soldier from C Co. 1st 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) instructs a Cambodian Soldier in advanced rifle marksmanship during a joint training event in Cambodia.

Medics from the 36th CAB received coins from COL Alfredo Najera, the 75th Fires Brigade Commander, during training exercises on the Udairi Range, Kuwait. Pictured left to right are: SPC Rene Medina, SGT Cynthia Gonzalez, CPT Lisa Murphy, SGT Juan Rodriguez, SGT Theresa Greaux, and SPC Wesley Acuna. (Photo by SGT Mark Scovell)

Members of the 136th MEB stations in Afghanistan display their Texas Ranger Pride. GO RANGERS! Pictured left to right are 1SG Kevin Whitley, MSG Larry Ayers, CW3 Beau Tidrick, SPC Joseph Berezoski, MSG Anthony Delgado, COL Mark Burkett, LTC Stephanie Purgerson, LTC Michael Adame and MAJ Jeff Gilmore. All are members of NGAT.



149th Fighter Wing (Photo by Rob Trubia/ BAE Systems)

The summer is here and the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines of the Texas Military Forces are conducting Annual Training across the state. For the past ten years, the troops have focused primarily on warfighting tasks, but with combat deployments slowing down units are taking the opportunity to train on individual skills as well as homeland security tasks. In many cases members of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, and Texas State Guard are conducting some training events together to enhance their abilities to work as one team. Annual Training events will continue through September. ď‚ľ

Rock Drill at Camp Bowie with the 454th Engineer Company

The Air National Guard Band of the Gulf Coast performs to a pack pavilion in the town of West, Texas on June 29, 2013.(Photo courtesy of the 136th AW Public Affairs Office)

209th Weather Flight, Camp Swift, Texas

231st Engineer Support Company

149th Fighter Wing F16, San Antonio, TX (Photo by SSgt Agustin G. Salazar)



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training] Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment 1st Battalion Rescue Dive Team Safety first at the firing range at Camp Bullis with the 71st Theater Information Operations Group

Operation Community Clean-up in Laredo, Texas with the 436th Chemical Company

Evacuee training with the Texas State Guard’s Medical Brigade in Brownwood, Texas

state Ham Radio Operator Training with the Texas State Guard’s 19th Civil Affairs Regiment in Dallas, Texas The 136th RTI (CA) conduct 11 Bravo (Infantry) MOS Transition Course at Camp Swift .


19TH REGIMENT CAPTURES INAUGURAL GONZALES CUP Unit members of the 19th Civil Affairs Regiment rally around the Gonzales Cup after their unit team was announced as the winner of the competition. Six members of the Texas State Guard’s (TXSG) 19th Civil Affairs Regiment, headquartered in Dallas, took top honors in the inaugural Commander’s Small Unit Excellence Challenge, winning the “Gonzales Cup.” The two-day event held in early June at Camp Bowie, TX tested the Guardsmen in a number of individual and team skills. “The Commanders Challenge was designed to provide a competitive training exercise for our soldiers, incorporating our Mission Essential Tasks into a series of field training scenarios,” said MAJ (TX) Kevin Lilly, officer-in-charge of the event. “Additionally, we wanted to promote esprit de corps, unit cohesion, and the type of bonding formed in team endeavors.” The intent of the competition was to create a physically and mentally demanding exercise. All tasks were graded to U.S. Army standards. The 19th Regiment’s winning team, led by MSG (TX) Mark Sligar, squared off against competitors representing four other TXSG Regiments from across the state. SGT (TX) Ken Clayton was recognized for achieving the highest individual score in the competition. The four tasks evaluated during the competition were: Combat Lifesaver/First Aid, Physical Fitness, Small Arms Marksmanship, and Radio Telephone Operator procedures testing.

The “Gonzales Cup” is named after the Battle of Gonzales, the first military engagement of the Texas MG (TX) Manuel A. Rodriguez VII, Commander of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near State Guard presents SGT (TX) Ken Clayton with the Texas State Gonzales, Texas Guard Commanding General’s Individual Award Service Ribbon for achieving the highest individual score during the Gonzales on October 2, Cup competition. 1835 between rebellious Texan settlers and a detachment of Mexican army troops. The cup is inscribed with the slogan “Come and Take It” which was printed on the flag flown by the Gonzales settlers during the battle. The 19th Regiment has a record of excellence in competition. The Regiment’s competitive marksmanship team won the Texas Adjutant General’s Combat Rifle Competition Match twice, and the unit’s Quick Reaction Team won the QRT Challenge three times. 

You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Reunion of the TEXAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD’S 1ST Battalion 133d Field Artillery (155mm SP) Saturday, October 5, 2013 Elk’s Lodge # 311, 11431 Highway 90, Beaumont, TX 77713 6 pm till ??? FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Members of the Texas State Guard’s, 19th Civil Affairs Regiment winning team pose for a photo after winning the Gonzales Cup. Pictured left to right are: SGT (TX) Ken Clayton, SGT (TX) Ronnie Littles, PFC (TX) Samuel Lopez, PFC (TX) Robert Marlin, MSG (TX) Mark Sligar, and CPL (TX) Brian Nail.



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1st Lt Cindy Botts of the 149th Fighter Wing stands proudly with her children Alyssa (right) and Diego (left).

MAJ Norbert Flo hugs his son Treres, a member of HHD (-) JFH Q .


Deployed to Afghanistan with the 56th IBCT Security Forces Assistance Team (SFAT), MAJ Bryan C. Carrico shares a moment with his kids Nathan (left) and Mackenzie. CPT Christopher R. McKeag of HHT 3-124th CAV has his hands full with his son Finley (left) and daughter Brenna (right).

NGAT SALUTES MOMS & DADS IN UNIFORM Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support. This page contains some of our members and their children who submitted photos for our Mothers Day and Fathers Day salute.

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Plan now to attend the EANGUS 42nd Annual Conference & Expo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota!

National Guard Support Teams

Join us in Paradise at the 135th Annual NGAUS Conference Honolulu, Hawaii September 20-23, 2013 Make plans to join us in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the 2013 NGAUS Conference. Registration forms are located online at Texas will be staying at the Sheraton Waikiki where you will enjoy a low hotel rate of $179.00 per night.

Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation Awarded Grant The Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation (TXNGFSF) was awarded a Texas Veterans Commission Grant, Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, to provide: emergency financial assistance for housing, utilities, auto repairs, daycare, medical expenses, co-pays, insurance premiums, and financial counseling.

Eligible recipients are service members, spouses, and their dependents.

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For more information, contact State Family Programs: Brent Green, Family Assistance Center Coordinator or Luann Barron, Administrative Assistant “This program is made possible by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.”



BG Samuel L. Henry (right), Deputy Commander 36th Infantry Division - Manuever, helps unveil the photo of SFC Nelson D. Trent with his wife April and his two children, David and Camryn, during the Wall of Heroes dedication ceremony for SFC Trent held in building 8 on Camp Mabry. SFC Trent died Dec. 13, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. SFC Trent was assigned to the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, Fort Worth, Texas. 

SOSSAMON RECEIVES DUAL HONORS Commander of the 36th Infantry Division, MG James K. “Red” Brown (left), presents SFC Richard Sossamon with the Purple Heart Decoration during a ceremony held at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton, Texas. The ceremony followed SFC Sossamon’s graduation from Temple College where he earned his nursing degree with honors. Both are NGAT life members. (Photo by SFC Daniel Griego)

BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO Members of the 272nd Engineering Installation Squadron (EIS) visited with reenactors of the Battle of San Jacinto during the San Jacinto Day Festival April 19, 2013.  (Photos by MSgt Sean Cowher)



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SPC Adam Best, 36th Infantry Division, runs to the finish line in the ruck march portion of the NGB Region V Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Swift, Texas on May 7 - 9, 2013. Soldiers from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas competed in this year’s competition.  (Photo by SSG Malcolm McClendon)

PILOTS GRADUATE AT LACKLAND AFB The 149th Fighter Wing congratulates the latest group of F-16 fighter pilots graduating from the basic B-course (12-ABK) on May 18, 2013. The main mission of the 149th Fighter Wing is to produce the finest F-16 combat fighter pilots first and foremost! Pictured left to right front row are: 1st Lt Danielle Kangas, 1st Lt Spencer Bell, 1st Lt Jacob Schonig, Capt Dominic Teich, 1st Lt Matthew Alexander, and 1st Lt Janelle Baron. Back row left to right are: 1st Lt Shane Vaughn, Capt Kristin Hollrith, Capt Michael Blackburn, 1st Lt Zane Taylor, and 1st Lt William Crowder.  (Photos by SMSgt Mike Arellano)

TEXAS STATE GUARD CONDUCTS JOINT TRAINING The Texas Maritime Regiment’s 1st Battalion conducted a training exercise with Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR), an Austin, Texas based volunteer first responder organization focused on Search and Rescue (SAR), incident response, and disaster response. 



Members of the 136th Airlift Wing pose at the Cook Children’s Health Care System, Fort Worth, Texas after spending time with special-needs children. The airmen helped the children to paint bird houses for fun as a distraction from their hospital visit.  (Photo by MSgt Charles Hatton)

Members of the Texas State Guards 4th & 19th Civil Affairs Regiment, 4th Air Wing, and Texas Medical Brigades hosted a Military Prayer Breakfast to bring attention to the National Day of Prayer at Dallas Baptist University. 

TEXASµNATIONALµGUARDµGOVERNOR'SµTWENTY The Governor’s Twenty Tab is a State level National Guard award that is awarded to the top 20 shooters in a state. Award criteria vary from state-to-state. For example, within the state of Texas, only eight Guardsmen are presented this award for rifle, eight for pistol, two for sniper, and two for machine gun each year. Texas Guardsmen compete against other National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who have already received the award; thus, there may be one or two new recipients of this award each year.  (Photos By Tanya Lippincott) The following pictured left to right are the winners of the Governor’s Twenty for the Rifle Competition: SPC Ryan Hale - 1-143rd Inf Rgmt, MAJ John Conley - JFHQ, TSgt Donnie Hicks - 147th RW, CW2 Michael Brown 36th Sus Bde, SPC Justus Densmore - 386th Engr Bn, SGT (TX) Sean Mounger - TXSG 19th Rgmt, 2LT (TX) David Scott Hunt - TXSG 19th Rmgt, and SSgt Ngoc Tran - 197th STSC. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Adjutant General of Texas, Maj Gen John F. Nichols congratulates the 136th Airlift Wing Rifle Team on their first place finish. Pictured left to right are: TSgt Scott Fuller, TSgt Brian Street, TSgt Ryne Chaney, and MSgt Troy Proctor. Well done Marksmen. NGAT will announce the winners of the Governor’s Twenty in the machine gun and sniper category in the next issue of the NGAT News.

Pictured left to right are the winners of the Governor’s Twenty for the Pistol Competition starting with the back row: TSgt Brian Street - 136th AW, MAJ John Conley - JFHQ, SSgt Garcia - 149th FW. On the front row left to right are: 2LT (TX) David Scott Hunt - TXSG 19th Rgmt, SGT (TX) Sean Mounger - TXSG 19th Rgmt, SSG (TX) Bobby Janeck - TMAR 3rd Bn, SFC (TX) Daniel Earnest - TXSG 1st Rgmt. Not pictured is CW2 Michael Brown - 36th Sus Bde. Congratulations on a job well done.


TAPS (AS OF 07/09/13) *SFC Enrique E. Botello, Retired, Austin

Mr. Benjamin Mendoza, Life Member #11166, Retired, Austin

LTC Phillip R. Cooper, Life Member #7996, Retired, Missouri City

SSG Carl E. Owens, Life Member #27641, Retired, Brenham

CW3 Carl W. Duncan, Life Member #6853, Retired, Little Elm

Mr. Jessie W. Pierson, Life Member #24266, Retired, Snyder

SSG Gilberto R. Guerra, Life Member #12323, Retired, El Campo

Mr. Rafael Portillo Jr., Life Member #21343, Retired, Clint

SFC Francis C. Herring, Life Member #30073, Retired, Morton, MS

*Mr. Danny K. Pruitt, Life Member #4273, Retired, Gatesville

MSgt Charles R. Hines, Life Member #17604, Retired, San Antonio

SGT Gustavo A. Rodriguez, Life Member #11295, Retired, Laredo

MSG Thomas “Tommy” R. Horner, Life Member #6420, Retired, Brownwood

MAJ Erland “Earl P” Rosell, Retired, Austin

MSgt Chesley A. Jetton, Life Member #17607, Retired, Schertz

MSG Gonzalo Salinas Jr., Life Member #15127, Retired, Austin

*Mr. Jose R. Lopez, Retired, El Paso

LTC Thomas M. Sheffield, Life Member #18040, Retired, Austin

*Mr. Fernando V. Lozano, Life Member #8326, Mercedes

*Had NGAT Life Insurance

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




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