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APRIL 2015
Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
29 30 31 April 01 APRIL FOOLS

  • LCpl
        Dustin Hardwick
    (NTX-ETX Joint ADD Procession)
    Staging:
     10:30 - DFW Airport To
                    Canton


  • Lt Col
        Daniel Humphries
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:00 - DFW Cemetery
  • 02 03

  • SFC
        Fred Hawkins
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     09:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • Cpl
        Nathan Waldron
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Arlington
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery



  • SP4
        Daniel Hickey
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • PO2
        Rodger Anderson
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Dallas
    Mission Report

  • PH1
        Richard Crossett
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 04

  • 1LT Robert F. Welch Run For Our Heroes
    (Community Event)
    Staging:
     07:00 - Wylie
  • 05 EASTER 06 07

  • Sgt
        Michael Smith
    (PGR Member Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     09:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • CPL
        Francisco Rodriguez
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • TSgt
        Donald Arrowood
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Mansfield
     13:45 - DFW Cemetery



  • TSgt
        Ronald Steele
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - Fort Worth
  • 08

  • Cpl
        Emmanuel
         De Los Reyes

    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:15 - Arlington
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery



  • PH2
        Barbra Hughes
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     10:45 - DFW Cemetery


    Medal of Honor Recipient Motorcade
    Group Ride To Staging Point From Far North Texas, East Texas, and Oklahoma Added
    (Community Event)
    Staging:
     14:00 - SOUTH End of
                   DFW Airport To
                    Gainesville
  • 09

  • AMN
        Jack McBroom
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Van Alstyne
     11:00 - Howe



  • SSG
        Monroe Brown
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery
  • 10 GATHERING OF THE
          GUARD


  • Lt Col
        Thomas Smith
    (Visitation)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Keller

  • SSgt
        Guy Ruffin
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 11 GATHERING OF THE
          GUARD


  • Pvt
        Roland Qualls
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Fort Worth

  • Alvin Ziegelbauer
    See Part 1 Addition
    (Visitation, Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     11:30 - Bedford

  • LCpl
        Michael Blough
    (Visitation)
    Staging:
     12:15 - Eastland
  • 12 GATHERING OF THE
          GUARD

    13 14

  • Oddie Jones
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Ft Worth
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery



  • SSgt
        Thomas Key
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:30 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report

  • SP4
        Donald Beier
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 15
               
       Flags At Half Staff

  • Sgt
        John Rodriguez
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Greenville
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery



  • Alvin Ziegelbauer
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • Andrew Franklin
    (Impromptu Interment Service)
    Staging:
     --:-- DFW Cemetery
  • 16 17

  • SGT
        Steven Williams
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     08:00 - Arlington
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • Leon Buchanan
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     14:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 18
               

  • Steven Lester
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Leonard

  • John Lowe
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Newark

  • Meet and Greet
    (Courtesy of Steve Waldron and Jason Erwin - Rain or Shine!)
    Starting:
     12:00 - Decatur

  • Sammy Compton
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Waxahachie
  • 19 20

  • SIC2
        Clayton Gibbons
    (Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     11:00 - Kaufman

  • Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 21 SAN JACINTO DAY

  • Presence Requested
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     10:00? - Keller?
     12:30? - DFW Cemetery?


  • Elbert Knowles
    (Mission Pending - Ride Captain: Dan Mathys)
    Staging:
     10:45? - DFW Cemetery?

  • Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 22 23

  • Presence Requested
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     11:00? - Irving?
     13:45? - DFW Cemetery?
  • 24 25

  • John Mullen Memorial
    (Wounded Warrior Project Mission Pending - Ride Captain: Bill Kushnir)
    Staging:
     07:00 - Allen
  • 26 27 28 29

  • Major
        Raymond Fusch
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     08:00? - Calvary Hill,
                     Dallas?
     08:45? - DFW Cemetery ?
  • 30 May 01 02
    Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
    Weather Information: The Forecasts Above Are From The National Weather Service And Are Updated At Least Once Each Day.
    Near Real-Time Current Conditions And Forecasts Are Available For Each Primary Staging Point On Each Final Itinerary Page.
    Color Legend:  KIA-Killed In Action Active Duty Death Veteran HOTH Other Missions Red River Mission Information Only
      Total Missions Metroplex Red River Area Non-Funeral Information Only Calendar Page Views
    March 57 54 3 2 0 8,798
    February 45 38 7 4 2 9,046
    January 53 47 6 6 2 9,324
    Total 155 139 16 12 4 27,168
    Key To Missions On The Calendar Above
    For Internal Use
    If The First Line Of An Entry Shows
    A Name And It Is Underlined
    A Final Itinerary Has Been Released.
    Clicking On The Link Will Display The Final Itinerary
    If The First Line Of An Entry Says
    "Presence Requested"
    We Have Received A Request But A Ride Captain
    Has Not Yet Been Assigned Or Has Not Made Contact With The Requestor
    If The First Line Of An Entry Shows
    A Name But It Is Not Underlined
    This Mission Has Been Tentatively Approved By Leadership And
    A Ride Captain Has Been Assigned
    ("Mission Pending") In The Second Line The Itinerary Has Not Yet Been Finalized
    (Mission Segments) In The Second Line The Final Itinerary Has Been Received
    Staging Time Is Followed By A "?" This Is An Estimate Based On Information In The Request
    If All Information For The Mission Looks Complete,
    But The Name Is Still Not Underlined
    The Final Itinerary Has Been Received
    And Is Being Formatted For Publication And Notification
    Past Calendars Signup For E-Mail Notification System Contacts About

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Texas Patriot Guard Riders Monthly Newsletter
    Posted: 04/12/2015

    Welcome Texas Patriot Guard Riders, to the April edition of the newsletter!

    We are at the GTOG in the beautiful hill country of Texas.  Mother Nature has tried to throw us a bit of a curve, but we have roughly 89 Patriot Guard Riders, so far, who have made the trip to spend some relaxation time here - meeting new friends from different regions and spending time with those we have met in the past. One rider and his wife got the coveted Monkey Butt Powder Award - travelling 500+ miles to attend the GTOG!

    North Texas is doing an outstanding job heading up this year’s event.  Jambo’s BBQ from Rendon, TX is hard at work providing meals throughout the weekend.  If you can, go by and see them when in the area and thank them for working so hard to support the PGR!

    In addition to the normal rest and relaxation there have been a few rides worked into seeing the sites including the 3 Sisters (woohoo!), and making a final stop at the VA hospital to drop off items for our Heroes receiving treatment at the facility.  A nice ending to a ride!

    Now for our spot lite Region, East Texas Steve Conger DSC has sent in this month’s portion of the newsletter:

    The East Texas Patriot Guard Riders is a 501c organization.  Our region consist of 33 counties, covering from Oklahoma to Lufkin, Louisiana to an area west of Madisonville/Centerville/Canton. We have a great working relationship with all of our surrounding areas and continue to have many joint missions in and out of state.  We truly appreciate their willingness to go beyond the call in providing for escorts, support and attending missions in the East Texas area. This extends to our neighboring states as well. Rapport, willingness to participate as well as LEO and processional organizations make our relationship seamless for mission completion. Our thanks to all who participate in Texas and those who assist from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.  

    We have had the distinct honor of having Mike (Big Mike) Eubank promoted into state leadership. This along with other changes has resulted in a complete change in the leadership in our area.  To insure quality and consistency is maintained with all missions, we have added structure by establishing written mission protocols, position descriptions and responsibilities. This includes providing every Ride Captain with a pocket card that outlines all items that need to be covered in the Rider’s Meeting.  Our area is also divided into 3 regions, north, central and south.  A Senior Ride Captain is assigned over each region with the responsibility to help identify, train and oversee the missions in their region.  Our role as the Deputy State Captain and Assistant Deputy State Captain is to compliment the goals of Texas Leadership by setting and maintaining standards to insure we provide all the best quality in missions.

    The backbone of any organization is its members. Without our members riding or attending in cages we could not provide funeral services or respect for those we support.  It has often been said "support requires support". Our flags, water and snacks come from a dedicated group of 12 SV’s (Flag Captains) ready to maintain our riders and the missions we attend.

    The designation of Senior Ride Captain is very important in our area. They are invaluable for training, mentoring and providing the Ride Captains with instruction as well as being a source and wealth of knowledge to insure consistent missions. Close support and familiarity with issues by Senior Ride Captains can enhance the goals set for mission execution. Our group is honored to have such a dedicated set of individuals, ready to lead or assist our Ride Captains.

    The hardest job in the Patriot Guard is Ride Captain. Without their focus and attention to detail this organization could not provide families with the honor and respect they deserve. Those individuals are in the forefront of what families see and understand as the Patriot Guard.  The Ride Captain position requires a high level of personal skills and leadership as well as commitment and dedication. Our 16 Ride Captains fulfill these requirements and are always ready to step up to support or lead as the situation requires.

    Just like other areas, we constantly face the challenge of recruiting and holding members.  Through talking with past members, it was determined that a reason some stopped attending was they were not able to stand for long periods of time in the Flag Line.  Even though we walk the flag line to check on members and offer relief, they are not willing to leave the line.  They just stop attending.  To solve this issue we have initiated a policy to stand the flag line for only short intervals at the funeral home or church. At the ride captains meeting we have our members pick partners and rotate every 15 minutes.  We have found that an unintended benefit is the improvement of the quality of the flag line with little to no talking and we are able to establish the flag line for a longer period of time.  At the cemetery we stake the flags to allow our members to move without disturbing the service. For new members we established a “buddy” for them at their first mission to help them meet people and feel welcome. We hope this will help with the loss of members not attending after one or two missions.

    On the recruiting side we have set up information tables at events and motorcycle shops. This allows us to visit with folks about the PGR and answer any question.  We also have a brochure and a web page that has information on the East Texas PGR with how to sign up or request our presence.

    We are honored and proud of all involved in our East Texas Patriot Guard organization.
     

    Deputy State Captain - Steve Conger
    Assistant Deputy State Captain – John Bradberry

    Thank you Steve for your contribution to the newsletter. Job well done! 

    Again, thank you North Texas, Jambo’s BBQ, and Media High Point Ranch for an awesome weekend for the GOTG!

    We thank all of our members for your continued support and look forward to hearing from you on any ideas you may have to improve the Patriot Guard Riders of Texas.

     

    “The members who stand the flag line are the heart and soul of the Patriot Guard”

     

    Thank you

    Bobby “KawaBob” Stroka
    State Captain

    Mike “BigMike” Eubank

    Asst. State Captain

    Support Folks Needed
    Posted: 03/28/2015
    With spring fast approaching, we are trying to gear up for the warm to hot weather seasons, which are fast upon us. As most of you know, we, here in North Texas, are one of the busiest regions in the country for honor missions. Accordingly, that responsibility requires a very large effort by our Ride Captains and our support folks who provide flags, water, and expertise for every mission we undertake.

    Bottom line is, we really need more support people or support teams to spread the assets around the North Texas region we serve primarily in the DFW area.

    If you will consider discussing what is involved with me, please email me at catfishdunn@gmail.com so we can set up a time to talk. Even if you think you may only be able to support two or three missions a month, it will be a great help to our overall mission and cause.

    Thank you for standing tall with us and thank you in advance for considering the additional helpful step of taking on mission support.

    Sincerely,
    Gary "Catfish" Dunn
    CW04 Mark Kelsey Interment
    Posted: 04/13/2015
    Fellow Riders,

    Just before Thanksgiving last year, we honored the life and work of CW04 Mark Kelsey at his funeral service. He was a fellow PGR brother, a Casualty Assistance Officer, a board member of Snow Ball Express, and a great man. He was to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, outside Washington, D.C., at a later date.

    I have been contacted by his widow, Michelle, and have been informed that the service at Arlington National Cemetery will take place on May 8, 2015 at 1245. She wanted me to extend an invitation to all of us, here in North Texas, to attend the service.

    There may be plane side honors rendered at DFW airport upon his final departure from Texas, so watch our Mission Calendar.

    Bill Holcomb
    From The Vandiver Mission On 02/03/2015
    Posted: 04/13/2015
    April Meet and Greet
    Posted: 03/30/2015        Updated 04/17/2015
    Meet and Greet: April 18, 2015, Time: 1200-1800, Address: 209 County Road 4393, Decatur, TX 76234

    RAIN OR SHINE - It Will Be Held Indoors - Look For Signs To Point The Way

    This next Meet and Greet is brought to you on behalf of Steve Waldron (Ted's son) and his friend Jason Erwin. They would like to feed us BBQ brisket and pulled pork with all the fixin's at Jason's home in Decatur. Food will be provided by Ken Knight of Baby Arm BBQ. They compete in BBQ competitions all around Texas, and most recently finished as Reserve Grand Champion at the Chisholm Trail Roundup in Lockhart, TX. This one is a little different in that they are requesting a head count so they will know how much food to purchase and prepare, and how many to plan for. I am asking that you please send in your RSVP as soon as possible, and no later than April 8, so that I may relay the information to them.

    Please note - the parking is off-road in gravel, so please take this into consideration when making your plans. And, as always, families are more than welcome! Just make sure to include them in your count when you RSVP!
    Hope to see you all there!!

    Wendy

    From The Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps
    Posted: 04/06/2015
    Hi, this is Katie with the Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps. I just wanted to say how grateful I am that so many Patriot Guard Riders showed up to support our training last week. You all added so much value for the student volunteers.

    Did you happen to see the Plano newspaper last week? There's a great photo of one of our volunteers with a Patriot Guard Rider and a bike.

    The newspaper link is here.     More photos are on here.

    Thank you for your service and your support,
    Katie
    _________________
    Katie Prior | Founder
    Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps
    http://www.trumpetandtaps.org
    From The Paul Dugdale Mission
    Posted: 03/26/2015
    The Patriot Guard rode for a dear friend of mine Paul Dugdale on March 20th of this year. I just wanted to say Thank Yal so much !!!!!! It brought tears to my eyes !!!! They rode in the rain and never left their post. What a wonder team doing a wonderful thing !!!!!!!!!! I hope this is going to the correct person and place !!

    Love this group,
    Steve Burns
    Viet Nam Vet
    From The Linda Hester Mission
    Posted: 03/24/2015
     
    LATEST CASUALTIES REPORTED IN APRIL OF 2015

    1 AMERICAN PATRIOTS REPORTEDLY HAVE DIED THIS MONTH DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM
    DoD Identifies Army Casualty

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

    Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission.

    He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

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