quidni pro quo

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Location: El Paso area, Texas, United States

I'm a 40-something Christian, conservative, pro-life, Constitutionalist, motorcycle-riding, pick-up truck driving, wife, mother, state employee, ham radio operator and part-time college student, enlisted in the Texas State Guard. Everything else is subject to revision without notice.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Veteran's Day 2007

What were you doing on 07/07/2007?

I was at the Armory, signing papers. Since then, I have spent one weekend a month with some of the finest people anyone could ever hope to be associated with - The Texas State Guard, 39th Regiment, Charlie Company.

This is a non-combat unit; our primary focus is civil affairs and disaster recovery. And it's totally voluntary - we don't get paid until/unless we're officially deployed, and we provide our own uniforms and gear. But this "fiscal disability" is also an asset when it comes to the rubber hitting the road; because everyone has his own gear, we don't have to requisition supplies and wait before we can mobilize. State Guard was on the spot at Katrina two days before the National Guard could arrive.

Why Texas State Guard? To quote the CSM before I signed: "State Guard is for those who are too old, too fat, or too slow to qualify for the regular military, but who still want to serve." (He was grinning as he said it - many of the Guard have prior military or LEO experience, or are currently LEOs who want to do more. Personally, though, I qualify under at least two of those descriptions.) The older I get, the more I appreciate the job that the military, of whatever service or branch, does. But I never thought I could ever qualify to be part of it, even in the slightest way.

If you'd told me a few years ago that I'd be wearing ACUs and attending drill (and loving it) I wouldn't have believed it. But I firmly believe that the Good Lord led me to this place, and that he wants me here for a while.

This morning I had the honor of marching in our Color Guard in the Veterans Day Parade. And it was a thrill to see just how many people locally honor our veterans, and respect what the flag stands for.

I'm proud to be an American.
I'm proud to be a Texan.
I'm proud and humbled to be accepted as "part of the family" in the Texas State Guard.

To all our Veterans, of whatever service, who have served this great country:

I salute you!

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Blogger Glenn Bartley said...

Do all states have such units. How would I find out? Thanks for your service.

11/18/2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger quidni said...

I found out through a friend who's been in the TXSG for a few years already.

I tried searching on "State Guard" and received a multi-page list of various guard units from all over the country. While I didn't go through all the links, your state is probably listed there as well.

You could also check with a local National Guard unit in your area; chances are, they may share facilities with a State Guard unit or be able to provide contact info.

11/18/2007 11:46 PM  
Blogger Glenn Bartley said...


11/21/2007 7:06 PM  

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