Texas Army National Guard
The mission of the Texas Army National Guard is to provide mission-ready forces, responsive to the community, state and nation. The Texas Army National Guard maintains 117 armories, and is present in 102 communities.
In FY99 the TXARNG continued its tradition of service to the citizens of Texas. On the heels of FY98's catastrophic flood in Del Rio, more than 420 members mobilized to rescue more than 130 people from high ground and floodwaters. Members also wrapped up the fiscal year serving their state by providing healthcare to more than 6,000 civilians along the Texas/Mexico border.
Texas citizen-soldiers joined active and reserve component soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in the Hurricane Mitch relief effort in Central America. The TXARNG also dispatched CH-47D Chinook helicopters to North Carolina to help that state recover from Hurricane Floyd. More than three dozen overseas deployments for training occurred during FY99 to locations such as Korea, Japan, Germany, Bolivia, Italy and Greece. The TXARNG continued its State Partnership Program relationship with the Czech Republic, one of three former Warsaw Pact nations to win admittance to NATO during the year.
During 1999 the 49th Armored Division Headquarters prepared for the Division's FY00 deployment to Bosnia to command Task Force Eagle. Approximately 1,000 Texas citizen-soldiers trained for the historic peacekeeping mission, the first where a National Guard division headquarters will command the American and multinational forces in Bosnia.
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