Tarleton hosts Texas State Guard's training exercise

Texas State Guard training

Tarleton State University

Monday, January 14, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Members of the Texas State Guard converged on the Tarleton campus for the second consecutive year to conduct a training mission by utilizing several university facilities and partnering with cadets from the Texan Battalion, Tarleton’s ROTC unit.

Approximately 150 State Guard personnel, including members of the Arlington, Texas-based 4th Regiment’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions, and the Dallas-based 19th Regiment, spent the weekend of Jan. 11-13 preparing for natural disaster response efforts.

“We drill once per month in Arlington at the National Guard Armory, but to kick off the new year we have a great opportunity to conduct the drill here in Stephenville,” said Maj. Wendell Sadler, officer in charge and professor of kinesiology at Tarleton. “The benefit to the state guard is that we’re at a different location and have access to facilities that can provide us with unique training opportunities. I am also very grateful to Dr. Dominic Dottavio and his enthusiasm to help.”

Troops arrived on campus Friday evening and were briefed at Wisdom Gymnasium before utilizing the Tarleton Challenge ropes course and the university’s swimming pool on Saturday. The unit conducted low and high elements at the ropes course as part of a team building exercise prior to attending a water safety and survival exercise at the pool. Members of the Tarleton Texan Battalion ROTC unit helped to facilitate the water training exercise and served as instructors.

On Sunday, troops conducted search, rescue and recovery training at the university’s 1,200-acre Hunewell Ranch.

Members of the Texas State Guard work in conjunction with state authorities on natural disaster response preparation as well as anything related to homeland security within Texas, said Sadler.  “Our mission is to provide defense support to civilian authorities and to provide updates and training to our troops.”

For more about the Texas State Guard, visit www.txsg.state.tx.us.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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