January 8, 2004: Area 2 of the Texas ESGR (Employer
Support of the Guard and Reserve) presented a very timely and
relevant program concerning its outstanding success in reaching all
Ready Reserve and National Guard units in its jurisdiction for Unit
Liaison-Mobilization-and Family Readiness briefings in FY 2002 and FY
2003. Its primary volunteer work revolves around supporting Reservists
and Guardsmen in conjunction with the Uniformed Services Employment
and Reemployment Rights Act (the USERRA law): Title 38 U.S.C., Chapter
43. Further detailed background data can be found at the ESGR web
For additional information, you can contact the
Chairman: CAPT Paul Marshall (USN Ret) at: 713-690-7900 (W),
281-376-3411 (H), or 713-254-1804 (Mobile).
February 12, 2004:
Captain Richard L. Halferty, USNR (ret), of H.M.S.
Communications, Inc., spoke on a topic that has been in the news lately
- "USS Liberty 1967 - Was the attack deliberate or a mistake?"
was very lively and informative. Captain Halferty spend considerable time
researching the subject including personal interviews with members of the
crew and associates and friends who had personal knowledge of the incident.
It was indeed a special treat to have Captain Halferty address the members
of HMAC. We hope to see him at future meetings.
March 11, 2004:
LtCol. Richard McMonagle,
Inspector & Instructor, 1st Bn, 23rd Marines, was our guest
speaker for the March luncheon. He updated us on the unit's past, current
and future activities. He also updated us on the bigger USMC picture
as we move further into the war on terrorism.
April 8, 2004:
Our guest speaker was Harris County
Judge Robert Eckels. He spoke on his and the county's role in
Homeland Security. He was a very gracious guest and spent considerable
time answering the many questions posed by the attendees. We were
honored to have him as a speaker.
No Meeting for May 2004
June 10, 2004 Meeting:
Mr. Rob Bowen of TRADOC Analysis
Center - White Sand Missile Range (TRAC-WSMR) Field Office at Fort Hood was our guest speaker for the June meeting. He
spoke about the Emergency
Preparedness Incident Command Simulation (EPiCS). and the use of computer
simulations to support training for military units and other agencies
related to Homeland Security missions and other emergencies.
September 9, 2004:
Major Keener Gill was our guest speaker for the September meeting. He is the Chairman
of the Houston Military Foundation which was established under the
auspices of the Houston Marine Corps Coordinating Council. It's original
purpose was to provide support to the Marines of 1st Battalion, 23rd
Marines and their families. This unit was activated in June and is
currently serving in Iraq. Major Gill has hopes that this Foundation can
be expanded to include all military services in the Houston area.
Our October Luncheon speaker was Major
General Thurman, USA, Commanding General 4th Infantry Division who gave
an informative presentation on Modularization in the Army.
Thurman (shown here with Private Brian Williams) indicated that as part of the Army's transformation,
it is migrating capabilities
previously found with divisions and corps to the Brigade Combat Team or Unit
of Action. These new brigades are designed to deploy/employ as
independent units in support of joint forces. Used in combat as modular
forces, these units are capable of operating across the entire range of
military operations. They are rapidly deployable and enable the Army
to support all of its strategic commitments.
November 12, 2004 Meeting
Our speaker for this meeting was 1stLt. David Lewis, B Company, 1st
Marines who is home recuperating from injuries he received during his
second tour in Iraq. He has a unique perspective on the war having
been there once and then spending time at home before returning for a
second time. His report on what's happening in Iraq was truly
inspirational as was his own personal story concerning the recovery
process from his wounds.
December 9, 2004 Meeting
The members of HMAC were presented
an in-depth report on the status of Army recruiting in Texas and the
other recruiting areas across the nation by LTC Roger Jones. It was a
very positive report and is contrary to much of what has been reported
in the national media. The bottom-line, the Army is recruiting at a
100% plus level across the board and is attracting a very capable and
December 16, 2004 Organizational
January 13, 2005
Our speaker for the January meeting
was Major Shannon Wiley, Assistant PWST Officer for 1st Battalion,
23rd Marines. He gave a very informative update on the battalion which
is currently serving in Iraq. He also brought us up to date on the
support program for the families of our deployed Marines. The unit has
done an outstanding job in Iraq and is looking forward to their return
to the states this spring. For a view of his presentation
February 10, 2005
The speaker was Bill Ehrie, Chairman of the Texas
Military Preparedness Commission who spoke about the state of
the military within Texas and the missions of the TMPC.
We are very close to decisions in the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
process. The BRAC Commissioners who will decide the final list that
is to be submitted to the President and the Congress are in the
process of being nominated. In mid-May the list of realignments and
closures will start to be firmed up. Of course, Ellington Field may
be affected even with the actions and funding to move the Army, Navy,
and Marine Corps Reserve Centers from Old Spanish Trail to Ellington
Field Joint Reserve Base.
Mr. Ehrie, as Chairman of the TMPC is one of the most knowledgeable
persons on the BRAC process. He is also one of the critical members
leading the effort to make Texas military friendly. This is
especially important as units are coming back from overseas. The TMPC
has a proposed legislative agenda for the currently sitting Texas
Legislature which includes the recommendation for a TMPC commissioner
from the Houston area.
10, 2005: LTC Robert Morecook PhD, Texas State Guard, presented an
informative program on the role of the Texas State Guard in response to natural
disaster or terrorist attack within the state of Texas. He focused on the state guard's Medical Reserve Corps, also known as the
Texas Medical Rangers. Texas Medical Rangers can provide volunteer
medical personnel on a augmentation basis when local facilities are
overwhelmed by disaster-type emergencies.
Dr. Morecook, a psychologist and professor of psychology at
Houston Community College, is Executive Officer of the Houston Medical
Response Group [HMRG], a subordinate unit of the Texas Medical
Rangers. The HMRG is currently organizing in the Houston area. It is
looking for volunteers with medical, veterinary, nursing, mental health,
other health, leadership, or support backgrounds who can contribute time
to caring for their neighbors and their state during emergencies.
The Texas State Guard and the Texas National Guard together
constitute the Joint Military Forces of the State of Texas. Texas State
Guard members serve on a volunteer, unpaid basis and only within the
borders of the state.
April 14, 2005: Major Daniel
"Waldo" Pepper, Air Officer for the 1st
Battalion, 23rd Marines,
gave us an informative update on his Battalion's recent activities in Iraq.
Although the companies of the Battalion were spread out in different
parts of Iraq during its seven month tour, Major Peppers had the
opportunity to track each company's activities while they were there. He
told some interesting stories about walking point during a patrol and
having to man a .50 caliber machine gun on another.
LtGen. John Sattler, CG, I MEF, was
very complimentary in his assessment of the Battalion's efforts in
Iraq. All of the Battalion is commended for a job well done. Welcome
No May 2005 Meeting
June 9, 2005:
The speaker was Mr. John Martinec, the Director of the
Ellington Field Task Force. He discussed some of the efforts of the
Ellington Field Task Force to counter the recommendations and convince
the BRAC Commissioners to ensure that Houston has a full F-16 wing.
His conclusion was that the removal of the F-16's will adversely
affect our Homeland Defense posture in this area which has a large
number of potential terrorist targets.
July 14, 2005: BRAC Update - Over the past few
weeks members of the Ellington Field Task Force attended regional
BRAC Hearings in St Louis and Atlanta, as well as visiting BRAC
Commission office in Washington DC. On Thursday, July 7 BRAC
Commissioner James Hansen conducted a site visit at Ellington
Field. On Monday, July 11 the Ellington Field Task Force and
Congressman Tom DeLay made a formal presentation to the BRAC
Commission Regional Hearing in San Antonio. This meeting reviewed the events above, an assessment of progress, and the future
actions in the BRAC process.
August 10, 2005: As part of the commemoration of
the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, we had as our speaker
Mr. Claude Isnard who spoke about life in France during World War II
- The war and occupation seen from the prism of a child fast reaching
adolescence. His personal recollections of the bombs, the
occupation, and the resistance made for a very moving presentation.
2005: Major Robert H. Moore,
S-2 for 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines spoke on a variety of topics
including terrorist and insurgent activities in
Iraq, foreign fighters, the state of the New Iraqi Army, intelligence
operations (on an unclassified basis), and ETTPs (Enemy Techniques,
Tactics, and Procedures).
2005: Colonel Randy Pais,
Civilian Aide to
the Secretary of the Army,
was our speaker for this meeting. He gave an informative
talk about a Call to
Duty theme that the Secretary has asked be addressed
in presentations. His topic sparked quite a few questions and comments
among the attendees.
2005: Our speaker for this month's meeting
was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Thomas
Hall. A native of Barnsdall, Oklahoma, Secretary Hall was sworn in a on October 9,
2002. A Presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate, he serves as the
principal staff assistant to the Secretary of Defense on all matters
involving the 1.3 million members of the Reserve components of the United
States Armed Forces. He is responsible for overall supervision of Reserve
component affairs of the Department of Defense.
December 8, 2005: Our
speaker for the December meeting was LtCol Roy Morales, USAF (Ret).
He gave a very insightful talk on Houston's Homeland Security and
Emergency Communications. He was the Assistant Director and Chief
Technology Officer for the recently activated City of Houston
Emergency Center and the Chief Technology Officer for the Houston Fire
Department and responsible for the activation of the Houston Emergency