Bill Text: TX SR13 | 2013 | 83rd Legislature 3rd Special Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Recognizing the 217th Training Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-08-05 - Reported enrolled [SR13 Detail]

Download: Texas-2013-SR13-Enrolled.html
         WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to pay
  tribute to the 217th Training Squadron of the Texas Air National
  Guard, which is slated for deactivation; and
         WHEREAS, The 217th Training Squadron of the Texas Air
  National Guard, located at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo,
  Texas, represented the lone fully qualified operational
  intelligence analysis capability available to Defense Support of
  Civil Authorities operations within the State of Texas, and it
  represented the only Incident Awareness and Assessment imagery
  analysis capability that was readily available to the governor
  for man-made or natural events; and
         WHEREAS, The 217th Training Squadron attained initial
  operation capability in 2008, full mission capability in 2009,
  and federal recognition in 2009; and
         WHEREAS, A total of 73 of the most highly qualified and
  experienced Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
  professionals in the total force have been selectively recruited
  into and have successfully participated in the squadron's
  current mission, and they represent more than 450 cumulative
  years of operations experience in their specialty and provide an
  exceptional quality of instruction; and
         WHEREAS, The 50 full-time instructors of the 217th
  Training Squadron have taught more than 94,400 hours, an average
  of 50 percent more than their active duty counterparts, and they
  have directly instructed and mentored more than 15,700
  Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance students; and
         WHEREAS, Fully 65 percent of the squadron's assigned
  full-time instructors received Elite Instructor and other
  similar awards; 25 percent of instructors received local, state,
  or command Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter or Year awards,
  and all instructors rated within the top 10 percent when
  stratified against active duty counterparts; and
         WHEREAS, Six members of the training squadron were
  recognized as Air Education and Training Command or Air Force
  Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency
  Noncommissioned Officers of the Year, and three members were
  recognized as Texas Air National Guard Outstanding Airmen of the
  Year; and
         WHEREAS, Members of this outstanding unit worked on a range
  of missions important to our state and nation, such as serving on
  the Southwest Border Security mission and providing disaster
  relief operations during Hurricane Ike, in the course of which
  they served more than 40,000 meals to people near Galveston
  Island; and
         WHEREAS, The 217th Training Squadron was also instrumental
  in securing Military Intelligence Programs funding in excess of
  $1 million to upgrade and renovate areas and functions that most
  impact training; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 83rd
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby commend and proudly
  honor the men and women of the Texas Air National Guard's 217th
  Training Squadron for their devotion to duty and dedication to
  the State of Texas and to their nation; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  the 217th Training Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard as an
  expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on August 5, 2013.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate