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OCTOBER 2014
Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
28 GOLD STAR
        MOTHERS DAY
29 30 October 01 02 03

  • TSgt
        Robert Greer
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Fort Worth
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report

  • CPL
        Howard Bannister
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Farmers Branch
    Mission Report
  • 04

  • William Pope
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Weatherford
    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 05 06 07

  • Paul Clark
    (See Thursday Missions)
    Staging:
     09:30? - Garland?

  • AD1
        William Day
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 08 09

  • Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit, Procession, and Opening Ceremony
    (Procession)
    Staging:
     06:30 - McKinney
                  To Bonham Then
                  To Honey Grove


  • SR
        Jeffery Banks
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     09:45 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report Mission Photos

  • SPC
        Paul Clark
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • Charles Grimes
    (Procession, Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:45 - Duncanville
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery


    FALLEN SOLDIER ALERT At DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  • 10

  • Sterling Mundie
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:15 - Waxahachie

  • SFC
        Robert Garrison
    (Memorial, Procession, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Denton
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos

  • Sgt
        James Kirkham
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • Parker County Veterans Memorial Park
    (Groundbreaking Ceremony)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Weatherford
  • 11

  • Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit, Procession, and Opening Ceremony
    (Opening Ceremony)
    Staging:
     09:15 - Honey Grove
    Mission Photos
  • 12
               
       Flags At Half Staff
    13

  • Sgt
        Scott Lake
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • Senior Airman
        Benjamin Roberts
    (ADD Arrival)
    Staging:
     15:30 - Love Field
    Mission Report
  • 14

  • WO3
        Chris Seaton
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Lancaster
  • 15

  • Capt.
        Joe Hayden
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     12:45 - Denton

  • 1LT
        Eugene Campbell
    Address Correction
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     14:15 - Cleburne
  • 16

    FALLEN SOLDIER ALERT At DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  • A1C
        James Michael
    (Funeral, Procession, Procession)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Arlington
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • W3
        Charles Leopard
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • SPC
        Dennis Seagroves
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 17

  • CWO4
        Jack Mendel
    (Procession, Inurnment)
    Staging:
     08:45 - Waxahachie
     09:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos

  • SSgt
        Benjamin Roberts
    (ADD Visitation)
    Staging:
     17:15 - Dallas
    Mission Report
  • 18 PGR NAME ESTABLISHED IN 2005

  • SSgt
        Benjamin Roberts
    (ADD Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     13:15 - Dallas
    Mission Report

  • Eddie Heimann
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Rockwall
    Mission Report
  • 19 20 21

  • SPC4
        Charles McCarley
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Savoy
    Mission Photos
  • 22

  • MSgt
        Orlan Stucker
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     10:30 - Denton
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 23

  • David Beauford
    (ADD Arrival)
    Staging:
     11:45 - Ft. Forth
  • 24

  • PFC
       Carl Toombs
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Waxahachie

  • En
       Austin McCormack
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Dallas
    Mission Photos

  • AD1
       Lonnie Vessell
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:30 - DFW Cemetery

  • Leon Cloutier
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Waxahachie
    Mission Photos

  • BM3
        Edward Moseley
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     13:15 - Desdemona

  • PFC
        Robert Hess
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     14:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • Sky Ball XII
    (Processions - Pre-Registration Required)
    Staging:
     15:00 - Irving
  • 25

  • Sky Ball XII
    (Processions - Pre-registration Required)
    Staging:
     08:45 - Irving

  • Bell Helicopter-Alliance Air Show
    (Procession - Pre-registration Required)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Fort Worth
  • 26

  • Bell Helicopter-Alliance Air Show
    (Procession - Pre-registration Required)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Fort Worth
  • 27 28

  • Charles Lane
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Rockwall

  • SSgt
        David Beauford
    (ADD Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Ft. Forth
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery


    FALLEN SOLDIER ALERT At DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  • 29

  • SSG
        Kenneth Tackett
    (Funeral, Procession)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Dallas

  • SGT
        David Brown
    (Procession, Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Denison
  • 30

  • MSgt
        Jack Shelton
    (Visitation, Funeral, Inurnment)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Arlington
     12:30 - DFW Cemetery


  • SGT
        James Boyles
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Denton

  • Johan van der Colff
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Wichita Falls

  • James Hill
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Nocona

  • Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind around 5 mph
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 31 HALLOWEEN

  • Ches Applegate
        Map Corrected
    (Procession, Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Ft. Worth

  • SF3
        Alexander Kostuk
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • November 01
    DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS THIS NIGHT

  • SP5
        William Howell
    (Interment of Ashes)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Lancaster

  • Sunny, with a high near 62. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 02 03

  • Andres Garza
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Grand Prairie
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 04 05 06 07 08
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    The Final Itinerary Has Been Received
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    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The Children of Helen Mary Longton and Cyril A. Longton, Sr.
    Posted: 10/30/2014
    Losing a Parent is always very hard, but losing both in such a short time was the most difficult, heart wrenching experience in our lives. Your Organization was so wonderful in the honor and respect shown to not only to our Parents, but we the children. Being Veterans of World War II, both Mom and Dad would have been so proud and honored by the beautiful final farewell shown to both of them. Our Prayer is for you and all who ride with you is God’s protection as you bring honor to the fallen. Especially on the long ride to the National Cemetery.

    With great respect and admiration for all of you,

    The Children of Helen Mary Longton 6-14-14
    Cyril A. Longton Sr. 8-24-14
    Skyball 2014
    Posted: 10/29/2014

    Video By John "Weasel" Meleshenko.

    Thank You All
    Posted: 10/28/2014
    I am wanting to thank you all for what you do! Not only your service to our country, but also honoring those heroes who have fallen. My grandfather passed away almost 2 years ago and you were there to help honor him. As I looked him up online, your itinerary was the first link that showed up. Dr. Darrell Boren US Navy WW II veteran is honored by what you do as well as so many others. The heartfelt condolences that were posted meant so much to me to read! I have many members in service, including my husband, as well as veterans and it means so much that their brothers and sisters in arms will not forget.

    Thank you,
    Samantha Trujillo
    From The A1C James Michael Mission
    Posted: 10/26/2014
    Thank you so much for helping with James Dee Michael’s funeral procession. The plaque you gave me was greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your steadfastness to our American soldiers.

    Sincerely yours,
    Carolyn Michael
    From The MSgt. Orlan Stucker Mission
    Posted: 10/25/2014
    Thank you and the other riders, as well as those who stood on the flag line during my father's service. My family members were all moved by this event and my father would have been so happy. Thank you for giving us this memory that will never be forgotten.

    May God richly bless each one of you.
    From The Christopher Jamieson Mission
    Family-less Veteran
    Posted: 10/13/2014 - Updated 10/20/2014
    I'm happy to report that Christopher Jamieson's flag is now safely settled into it's new home at American Legion Post 191 in Ellaville, Georgia. Eight Patriot Guard Riders, which included four Ride Captain's and the Georgia State Captain, came together from across Georgia and Alabama to bring the flag and memorabilia to Christopher's Step Brother, Douglas Jamieson. We met Douglas and his son at the American Legion; he was there with a friend and a local journalist. We talked for awhile and got to know him and some of the family history. We presented him with everything you sent to me including a ceremonious flag transfer by my SW Sr Ride Captain. None of us had a great camera but I've attached what I could. Douglas was extremely proud to accept the flag on behalf of the family and appreciates all honor that was given to Christopher. Thank you, Randy, for all you've done to honor this American Hero.

    Respects,

    Jeff


    Jeff 'JayDub' Goodiel
    Georgia State Captain
    Patriot Guard Riders !



    Photos By Georgia Patriot Guard Riders
    Original Message:

    We (the Patriot Guard Riders of North Texas) stood as family for the committal service for Christopher Jamieson, a veteran of the U. S. Navy. At the end of the service, Ride Captain Rick Crabb gave what little information he was able to put together concerning Mr. Jamieson’s service and family to one of our riders, James Pogue, who is also a Mission Support Person. James was able to locate a step-brother, Douglas Jamieson, who lives in Ellaville, Georgia, and informed us that contact with Christopher’s family had been made. Randy Smith, who had been charged with the safekeeping of the burial Flag, established contact with Douglas. What he found out is that Douglas is retired from the Air Force after 28 years of service, and he informed me that his brother, Christopher, had served for 22 years in the U.S. Navy. Douglas expressed his gratitude to us for standing in for the family, who have had no interaction with Christopher since 1972 or 1973, when he left the State of Georgia. Douglas told Randy that, “I would gladly accept the flag and display it proudly right alongside the flag of our father.”

    To that end, Randy prepared the Flag in a plastic flag zippered display bag, a DVD containing the pictures taken by the PGR at Christopher’s mission, a framed PGR Certificate, a copy of the mission itinerary, and a copy of the mission summary for shipment to Douglas.

    Randy then contacted the Georgia PGR State Captain and arranged for them to present the Flag and other items mentioned above to Christopher's step brother.  As of this date, the Georgia State Captain has received the package and is preparing to present it to Douglas.  We will follow up with details and photos of the presentation as soon as it occurs.

    This is an example of what can be accomplished when a national organization of dedicated volunteers has a "mission" to insure that our nation's Patriots receive the honor and respect they deserve and that they are never forgotten.
    From The Colonel Reuel Watson Stephens, Jr. Mission
    Posted: 10/19/2014
    I have searched your website for a mailing address so that the family of Colonel Reuel Watson Stephens, Jr. could attempt to express our deepest appreciation to the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders for their service on September 4, 2014. Your Patriot Guard Riders honored our father in the finest way. Your presence uplifted the entire family beyond all expectation. The flags you stood around our fathers church was the first overwhelming image we saw from a distance when we approached the church. What a thrill that was! Every member of the guard thanked us for our fathers service to his country and only refer to him as a hero. Thank you for reminding us in such a magnificent way. We will treasure the certificate you presented.

    Thank you also so very much for escorting us to the National Cemetery in such a magnificent way. We were not prepared for such a sight and the reaction of the people who shared the roads with us that day. One man stopped his car, got out, and stood with his hand over his heart. Each image was such a comfort to us all. We were touched and honored in the deepest of way.

    Thank you all for providing this service for our nations heroes. We are very grateful you were all there for us on that very sad day.

    Very sincerely,
    The family of Colonel Reuel Watson Stephens, Jr.
    About Mission Photos, Mission Reports, And Other Information Technologies
    Posted: 10/17/2014
    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    The Patriot Guard Riders is an all-volunteer organization. That includes everyone from those who stand the Flag lines to those who serve as Ride Captains, Support Persons, Photographers, on-site PGR store operators, and leadership, up to and including the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Included in there somewhere is the person who provides ALL the Information Technologies services to the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders.  It is a never ending task consuming 12 to 18 hours per day, every day.

    For the past several months, you may have noticed that some mission photographs and mission reports are not being posted on our WEB site.  This is due to an increasing workload and our priority structure.  Of highest priority is getting presence requests on our Mission Calendar as quickly as possible so everyone can plan on attending and so friends and families can track their request.  Next, as soon as the Mission Ride Captain submits a Final Itinerary, the calendar is updated with confirmed mission information.  When these notices are received, all other work is stopped and the Mission Calendar is updated - usually within minutes of having been received.

    As soon as possible after that
    , the Final Itinerary is formatted, posted on our WEB site, and sent out to over 2,235 registered members.  Sometimes, publication of the Final Itinerary may be delayed while shorter-notice missions or other requests are processed. This is particularly true when we have busy weeks consisting of days with five to seven missions each day.  However, the Final Itinerary is always processed as soon as possible before the actual mission date!

    During this time in our priority structure, a significant amount of time is spent maintaining contact and availability lists, our Mission Notification System, corresponding with Members, Ride Captains, Support Persons, and leadership, educating our Ride-Captains-in-Training on the uses of our Information Technologies, managing our donations system, publishing thank you notes, and maintaining our announcements and historical data.  Photograph albums for each mission are created for missions where photos are available. At the end of every month, the current calendar has to be archived and a new month created.  Most of the Information Technology time is spent doing these tasks, which are invisible to the users.  It also includes significant time researching and correcting problems throughout the entire system and working with users who are having problems, and in addressing internal issues such as, should we be flying Chinese-made flags or American-made Flags!  It is also during this priority level that the Information Technologies person attends an occasional mission to remind himself why we all do what we do - because "It is the right thing to do."

    Finally, when all of the above tasks are on track, we attempt to imbed mission photos and videos into our WEB site .as well as including Mission Reports.  These two tasks are not critical to accomplishing our mission statement as are all the previous tasks.  We publish as many as we can, but we file each one and make them available upon request to anyone who asks.  If someone asks you about mission photographs, mission reports, or historical data, please direct them to harold@ntxpgr.org.

    And remember, this is a volunteer effort and this WEB site all its services are not owned by the PGR but are donated, at no cost, in order to support the Riders and our country's Patriots in North Texas since 2008.
    From The Capt. Joseph "Joe" Hayden Mission
    Posted: 10/17/2014
    My contribution to this mission was mainly as a spectator. The heavy lifting was all done by [ ] the PGR members present. The job you all did was much discussed by Joe’s family and friends and your presence was a source of pride to all who were there. Many approached me asking how they could help or take part in the PGRs mission in the future.

    My personal thanks to all who took part in making a wish come true for Joe and Betty Lou, including all the PGR volunteers who work behind the scene to make the Guard the terrific organization it is. I take great satisfaction and pride in calling each of you my brother.

    Semper Gumby ,

    Mike Spence (hawk)
    From The Capt William Howard Pope Mission
    Posted: 10/06/2014
    Where do I begin, my family was so very grateful that the North Texas Patriot Guard was able to give honor to Howard on such short notice. There are no words, none, for the men that stepped forward to help carry grandpa to his final resting place. It was so very fitting that US Marines helped carry an Airman, Howard would have laughed. It had taken a miracle to make sure grandpa was buried with military honors, and it meant the world to us that you all would have stepped up to do those honors at another time when his DD214 was located. Thank you all so very much for what you do, again there are no words to convey what it meant for my family for you to be there. You are all indeed angels.

    Family of Capt William Howard Pope.

    It Is Snowball Express Time Again
    Posted: 09/17/2014
    It’s that time of year again for you to mark your calendars for Snowball Express. The 2014 Snowball Express dates are December 11th (arrival) thru Dec 15th (Departure). The venues are still a work in process, but I can tell you the families and volunteers will be staying in Downtown Fort Worth at multiple hotels. Anyone wishing to volunteer with Snowball Express will need to re-register, regardless if you have registered in past years and that will include acquiring a new Background Check. Snowball Express has incorporated a new database and for all PGR members you must register at https://signup.snowballexpress.org/ and set up your Login ID and Password. On the next page and under "Group" select "Patriot Guard Riders" in the drop down tab and then DO NOT select any "Activity Interests" if you only want to be assigned to escort/processions and/or security.

    It is very important that you do not pick any activity under the "Activity Interests" section to work unless you are planning on working that area and not be riding in processions or helping with security with the Patriot Guard Riders. EXAMPLE: If you sign up for "Ground Transportation" on a specific day, you will be assigned to a bus and then expected to be there.

    Failure to report to the "Activity Interest" that you have been assigned to by Snowball Express, will result in you not receiving the security clearance for future activities. All PGR riders who have registered and that did not select an "Activity Interest" and if there is NO procession will be asked to assist in security at/or between the hotels when needed or any area where Snowball Express and PGR Management Staff feels they need assistance.

    If you have already registered this year and need to make changes based on topics covered above, then you will need to log in to your account and make the necessary changes : Make Changes

    Additional details about Snowball Express 2014 will be posted as they become available.

    Ken DuBois
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders

    For More Information From Snowball Express And Links To THEIR WEB Pages, Click Here
    Gmail Users - Are You Missing North Texas PGR Mission Notifications?
    Posted: 08/05/2014
    Recently, it appears that Google and/or Gmail has made a change to their E-Mail servers that cause some of our Mission Notifications for some of our users to go to their "Spam" or "Trash" folder. Please check there and verify that your missing Notifications are waiting there for you! If they are, you might try the following and let us know if this solution works for you:

    Once in your Gmail, click of the "gear ICON" to check your settings. Then click on "Filters" and then on "Create New Filter". In the "New Filter Window, enter ntx-pgr@ntxpgr.org in the from box and click on "Create filter with this search" in the bottom, right corner of the window.  Click the box that says "Never send it to Spam".  Last, click on "Create filter."

    If this does not work for you, please let us know at harold@ntxpgr.org.
    LATEST CASUALTIES REPORTED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2014

    3 AMERICAN PATRIOTS REPORTEDLY HAVE DIED THIS MONTH DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM
     Branch:
     Marine
    Age:
    21
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    October 28, 2014  .

    The Department of Defense announced today the reclassification of a previously reported death of a Marine in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

    Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis, Indiana, was lost at sea Oct. 1 while conducting flight operations in the North Arabian Gulf. He was initially classified as a non-global war on terrorism casualty.

    Spears was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.
     Branch:
     NAVY
    Age:
    49
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    October 26, 2014  .
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, California, died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. The incident is under investigation.

    He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command.
     Branch:
     MARINE
    Age:
    19
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    October 24, 2014  .
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

    Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

    He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, California.
     Branch:
     ARMY
    Age:
    30
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    October 02, 2014  .
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, of DeRidder, Louisiana, died Sept. 30, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire Sept. 28, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

    He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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