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  • 204th Security Forces receives new commander

     Members of the 204th Security Forces Squadron welcomed their new commander in a change-of-command ceremony here Saturday.      Maj. Carl Alvarez took the reins of command of the Texas Air National Guard unit in the ceremony officiated by Col. John F. Nichols, commander of the 149th Fighter Wing in San Antonio.       Nichols praised the unit
  • Program makes noise for Texas Military Forces teens

    Sounds of laughter, cheering and clapping filled the air during the Texas Youth Symposium held at the Austin Convention Center March 29. Held in conjunction with the annual conference of the National Guard Association of Texas, the symposium involved teenaged sons and daughters of Texas Military Forces members. The teens had their hands high in the
  • Tell Me A Story: Texas Military Forces Children Listen

    The Texas Military Forces State Family Program held its first Tell Me A Story event for Texas Military Forces children and their parents March 29 in the Town Lake Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown Austin. Tell Me A Story (TMAS) is a program initiative of Military Child Education Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to
  • Counterdrug commander hits the ground running

    Almost immediately following an overseas deployment, he took command and shared his organizational philosophy with his subordinates.      Col. Tony West assumed command of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force on March 1, only two months after returning from an overseas deployment that, in his words, was "the best job in the AOR [Area of
  • Global force reinforces diverse strategy

    More than 300 National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees from around the country attended a conference here with the theme, "Transforming our Future through Diversity."      Brig. Gen. Joyce Stevens, who serves as the national chairperson for Army National Guard Equal Opportunity/Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Committee., hosted
  • American Heroes Celebration - April 19-20, 2008

    In less than 30 days the usually quiet Camp Mabry will become a place buzzing with activity, everything from a dozen or more helicopters landing for display, cannons being fired, children's laughter from the miniature train rides, battle sounds from re- enactments of WWII and live music from the Wes Nickson band.      Texas Military Forces and the
  • Seven Texas Airmen win recruiting, retention awards

    Texas made an impressive showing at the Air National Guard Region III Recruiting and Retention Workshop held in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 12-14. This year's gathering  included the Air National Guard recruiting and retaining family not only from Texas but also from throughout the 11 other southern states of the region.      Recruiters, retainers
  • Unit passes milestone

    The 147th Fighter Wing handed off Air Sovereignty Alert duties to the 138th Fighter Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard Feb. 1. The aircraft that moved into their ASA "launch" positions will have Oklahoma colors on their tails instead of Texas colors for the first time in five decades.      "From this aircraft maintenance chief's perspective,
  • Air Force recognizes superior IO performers

    Tech. Sgt. Dwayne Martin, an information technology specialist with the 273rd Information Operations Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was one of two Airmen from the Air Force Information Operations Center (AFIOC) recognized by the Air Force as being superior performers in the field of Information Operations (IO).      Sergeant Martin, a
  • Texas Military Forces boost annual Laredo event

    One of the highlights of Washington's Birthday Celebration kicked off in Laredo, Texas, with the customary Stars and Stripes Air Show Feb. 16, featuring Texas Air National Guard C-130s, Army Guard parachute jumpers and State Guard bicycle patrol and security.      The Washington's Birthday Celebration, founded in 1898, rivals - and some admittedly
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