Gov. Perry Appoints Nine to Texas Military Preparedness Commission
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the appointment of nine individuals to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. Eight of the appointees previously served on the Texas Strategic Military Planning Commission, which was renamed and given new duties by the 78th Texas Legislature. Under Senate Bill 652, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission will advise the governor and legislature on defense-related issues, prepare an annual report for state leaders and help base commanders prepare for the next round of base realignment evaluations.
William Ehrie of Abilene, who will serve as chair of the commission, is a retired Air Force colonel and president of Abilene Industrial Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.
Dora Alcalá is the mayor of Del Rio and the former director of civilian equal opportunity training for the Department of Defense and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University in Alpine and a master’s degree from Webster University in St. Louis. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.
Bill Ceverha of Dallas is a consultant and former national chair of the American Legion Exchange Council. He spent four years in the U.S. Army as an officer in Germany and is a former state representative. Ceverha previously served on the boards of directors for the Boy Scout’s Circle Ten Council, the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Council on Economic Development. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.
Johnny Fender of San Angelo retired as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and is former base commander of Goodfellow Air Force Base. He is a finance instructor at Angelo State University. He received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University and master’s degrees Auburn University and Angelo State University. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.
Ralph Gauer of Harker Heights is a retired career Army officer who once served as chief of staff for the 1st Calvary Division and III Armored Corps at Fort Hood. He is president of the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter, Association of the United States Army. Gauer received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2009.
Ronald Henson of Texarkana is a registered investment representative and financial advisor. He is also licensed as a certified public accountant and a securities and insurance representative. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.
James Maloney of El Paso retired as a major general in the U.S. Army. He commanded Fort Bliss from 1982 to 1985. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree from Shippensburg State College in Pennsylvania. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2005.
Samuel Loyd Neal is the mayor of Corpus Christi and chair of the Corpus Christi Office of Hilb, Rogal & Hamilton Company Insurance. He retired as a colonel after more than 30 years in the Army and Army Reserve. Neal received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from Texas A&I University, now known as Texas A&M-Kingsville. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2005.
Joe Robles of San Antonio retired as a major general in the U.S. Army and is executive senior vice president of United Services Automobile Association. He is the former director of Army budget at the Pentagon and former commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley. He received a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree from Indiana State University. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2005.
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