STEPHENVILLE — For the ninth consecutive year, Tarleton State University will host members of the Texas State Guard as they conduct training on and off the campus March 12-15. The weekend helps prepare the State Guard’s response to natural disasters.
“This event has grown exponentially since 2011,” said Col. Wendell Sadler, who also is a professor of kinesiology at Tarleton. “The motto of ‘Texans Serving Texas’ is highlighted significantly for Tarleton IX. The code name for this exercise is Operation Oscar P.”
The TXSG will use several Tarleton facilities, including the university’s Hunewell Ranch. Guardsmen will hone skills in command, control and communications, land navigation, search and rescue, medical evacuation, incident response, and shelter operations.
“We appreciate the continued partnership with the leadership and staff of Tarleton State University, which is once again playing an important role in our training,” Sadler said. “The citizens of Stephenville have always been hospitable to the military, and we appreciate their support.”
The Texas State Guard exists to provide mission-ready military forces to assist state and local authorities in times of state emergencies; to conduct homeland security and community service under the umbrella of Defense Support to Civil Authorities; and to augment the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Air National Guard as required. All three branches are administered by the state adjutant general, an appointee of the governor, and fall under the governor’s command.
The mission of the Texas Military Forces is to provide the governor and residents with ready and trained forces in support of Texas citizens and state and federal civil/military authorities at home and abroad. The Texas Military Forces are composed of the Texas Military Department (formerly the Adjutant General’s Department), the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard and the Domestic Operations Command.