Last Updated: 02/25/2016 20:09
Texas Patriot Guard Riders
PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS OF TEXAS ANNOUNCEMENTS
PGR State Leadership Changes
Greetings fellow Patriot Guard Riders
We have a couple of announcements to make regarding positions at the state level.
Mike Eubank’s will be stepping down as ASC [Assistant State Captain]. He has decided to attend to personal circumstances and since family always comes first, we all stand behind him in his decision. Mike will still be a RC in the East Texas region and will continue to support the PGR in any capacity he can when the opportunity is right. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Steve Conger is out of our East Texas region and has accepted the position of ASC. Please welcome him in his new position within the PGR.
Short Bio from Steve:
I was born in Brownsville and raised in Texas. Joined the US Army during the Vietnam era and was stationed at Fort Sill with the responsibility of training soldiers in field artillery. After my tour of duty, I attended the University of Texas at Arlington earning a degree in Finance.
I started my work career in the oil field. Married and raised 4 children. Retired from Exxon Mobil after 35 years of traveling and working all over the world including Australia, Bolivia, Thailand, Qatar, and Africa setting up shore bases and installing gas turbines.
We moved back to Tyler, into my family home, after retirement and I joined the East Texas Patriot Guard. As everyone does, I started as a rider enjoying riding to missions and honoring our veterans. My movement in the Patriot Guard was from a rider to a Ride Captain, Asst. DSC, and then DSC. I have learned the importance of our members and as a veteran, I understand the importance of honoring our vets and first responders.
Steve will assume his new position March 1 2016.
In addition, we also have a new DSC, Jim Short, and ADSC, Bill Parrish, in the East Texas Region. Please welcome them to their new positions within the PGR.
We are also going to be restarting the monthly newsletter to better keep the members up to date on changes within the state.
West Texas will be hosting the GTOG this year in Media at the High Point Ranch. This is a great opportunity to get out meet other PGR members and relax.
Texas State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders
The West Texas Region will be the host for the 2016Texas PGR "Gathering of the Guard".
When: April 29th and 30th
Where: Medina Highpoint, 23195 State Highway 16m Medina, TX (formally known as Koyote Ranch
Registration If paid and received by April 18th registration is $30.00 each person, if after or at the gathering will be $35.00. Early bird payers will receive a Texas PGR patch with the 2016 rocker. Past years rockers will be available. These fees include 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts.
Please make checks payable to: West Texas PGR
c/o Teresa Galloway
7608 Florida Ave.
Odessa, TX 79764
Open Carry and The Texas Patriot Guard Riders
Greetings fellow Texas Patriot Guard Riders:
With the soon to be Open Carry Law, we have had several questions about how this will affect the Patriot Guard.
As we understand the law, you must be a licensed Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holder in order to legally carry a handgun in the open.
The Texas Patriot Guard is not in the position to question your rights as a licensed CHL holder. A CHL license holder knows where they are allowed to carry a weapon and where they are not allowed to carry based on the laws.
That being said, we all need to remember that the Patriot Guard are invited guests of the family of a fallen Hero at their most sacred time and we are there to pay Honor and Respect. That respect and common sense needs to prevail. Our missions/ flag lines are not the place to be displaying an open weapon.
The Texas Patriot Guard Riders policy will be that no open carry will be permitted on any mission.
The Ride Captain in charge of the mission does have the authority to ask anyone who is open carrying to remove the firearm and place it out of view, and/or ask the individual to leave the mission if they refuse. This policy is not in any way, shape, or form to infringe on the rights of a CHL holder, but to simply set a higher standard to which the Patriot Guard is known for and presents to our Hero’s families at each and every mission.
Thank you all for supporting the Patriot Guard Riders and Honoring our Hero’s
Any questions can be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders
Urgent Communication From The Texas State Captain
Code of Conduct for PGR Members
Enforcement: Failure to comply with the above Code of Conduct and/or the Harassment Policy may be grounds for removal as a member.
If anyone has any questions they can contact me directly via email (email@example.com) or phone 281-728-4172
Bobby "kawabob" Stroka