Tarleton professor promoted in Texas State Guard

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Lt. Col. Wendell Sadler (right), 19th Regiment Texas State Guard, was promoted by Col. Robert Hastings, 19th Regiment Commander, during a ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Stephenville, April 18. Lt. Col. Sadler is a professor in the Kinesiology Department at Tarleton State University and serves with the regiment in Dallas as an operations officer.

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STEPHENVILLE (April 30, 2015) — In front of friends and family, Tarleton State University Professor of Kinesiology and Texas State Guard Officer Dr. Wendell Sadler recently was promoted to lieutenant colonel in a ceremony held at the National Guard Armory in Stephenville.

Active in the Texas State Guard since 2005 and currently serving as operations officer with the 19th Regiment in Dallas, Lt. Col. Sadler was promoted by Col. Robert Hastings, 19thRegiment Commander and praised by Brigadier General Howard N. Palmer, Army Component Commander and former 4th Regiment Commander in Fort Worth.

“There is nothing that Lt. Col. Sadler could not do in any role he was placed,” said Brig. Gen. Palmer.

With a big grin on his face, Sadler said, “Regardless of the rank, it’s a privilege for me to serve with these fine men and women. I am very humbled, and every day it’s a blessing to be a part of an organization of Texans serving Texas.”

Sadler served in various positions with 4th Regiment as an administrative officer and battalion commander before serving with the 19th.

Prior to joining the Tarleton faculty, Sadler served as an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota, an instructor at Temple Junior College, and as a lecturer at Texas A&M University. In 2009, he received the O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award from Tarleton, and the Barry B. Thompson Service Award in 2014.

Within Tarleton’s Department of Kinesiology, Sadler leads courses on Foundations of Kinesiology, Motor Behavior, Organization and Administration, Motor Learning and the Kinesiology Seminar course.

In 2004, Sadler served as president of the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD), and was the first recipient of the Association’s Trailblazer Award in 2008.

Sadler earned his bachelor of science from Campbellsville College, a master’s of education from Baylor University and his doctorate of education from Texas A&M.

Born in Indiana, Sadler has lived most of his life in Texas after initially relocating for graduate school at Baylor. He is very active in the Texas State Guard and has earned accolades and awards both in his military and professional life. He currently resides in Stephenville and has two older children, a son and a daughter.

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