CURRENT MISSIONS OR EVENTS

NOTICE TO TEXAS PGR MEMBERS

Greetings fellow Texas Patriot Guard Riders:
Bobby "kawabob" Stroka Rick Behr Construction State Captain Texas Patriot Guard Riders,
With the soon to be Open Carry Law, we have had several questions about how this will affect the Patriot Guard.
As we understand the law, you must be a licensed CHL holder in order to legally carry a handgun in the open.
The Texas Patriot Guard is not in the position to question your rights as a licensed CHL holder.  A  CHL license holder knows where they are allowed to carry a weapon and where they are not allowed to carry based on the laws.
That being said, we all need to remember that the Patriot Guard are invited guests of the family of a fallen Hero at their most sacred time and we are there to pay Honor and Respect.  That respect and common sense needs to prevail.  Our missions/ flag lines are not the place to be displaying an open weapon.
  • The Texas Patriot Guard Riders policy will be that no open carry will be permitted on any mission.
The RC in charge of the mission does have the authority to ask anyone who is open carrying to remove the firearm and place it out of view, and/or ask the individual to leave the mission if they refuse.
This policy is not in any way, shape, or form to infringe on the rights of a CHL holder, but to simply set a higher standard to which the Patriot Guard is known for and presents to our Hero’s families at each and every mission.
Any questions can be directed to me at bstroka@sbcglobal.net  Texas State Captain Patriot Guard Riders 
Thank you all for supporting the Patriot Guard Riders and Honoring our Hero’s 
  • FYI: NO OPEN CARRY!! at Missions, and I Will include Events as well.

Butch "Turtle" Cone, Deputy State Ride Captain              


ABOUT AIRPORT MISSIONS

Please remember when parking at the Airport:

It is a privilege afforded to PGRSTX by the Airport to be able to park in front of the terminal.

Park in the inside lane/ commercial lane.Park before the Major crosswalk [We no longer park after the major crosswalk. Only in the event of over-flow we can park on this other section].

Park at a 45 angle from the curve. Do not park perpendicular to the curve.

Come to a complete Stop before crossing any of the crosswalks.

PGRSTX Volunteers riding their cages [automobiles] turn your parking ticket to the Ride Captain collecting them for validation from Airport security.

Upon leaving the Airport you must turn in the ticket and sign up at the exit of the parking lot.

Don't loose your parking slip or you will be paying for your stay at the airport.


FRIDAY AUGUST 25, 2017

FUNERAL SERVICE AND FLAG LINE

CARLTON  F. KURTH JR. US NAVY, US ARMY KOREAN WAR VETERAN

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

We have been requested by Jimmy Kurth and his family to stand in Silent Respect for his father, Mr. Carlton F. Kurth Jr.  Mr. Kurth was 85 y/o. 
He first joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 serving on the USS Albany before the Navy found out that he was under age.  Not to be denied he then joined the Army in 1949.  He first served with the 1st Calvary Division, later reporting in to Fort Myers, Virginia.  From there he was assigned to G company, 2nd Regiment, 5th Infantry Division in Korea. 
He was wounded in action in North Korea.  On the way to a MASH unit he was wounded again by friendly fire!  Mr. Kurth earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal and the Purple Heart.  This medal he received in 1997 at the urging of his son, Carl.  Truly, he had to be a real character in life and a true hero of our Nation's "Forgotten War". 
After the war he worked in various jobs, one being a long haul trucker.  He returned to public service when he became a fire department dispatcher and fireman for the Flour Bluff Fire Department retiring in 1993.
  • When:  Friday, 25 August 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  10:00 Brief:  10:15 Flag Line:  10:30 or upon arrival of the fire truck Service:  11:00
  • Ride Captain:  Johnny McCarty, Co-Captains Prince Albert and Chuck Matthews.
  • Support:  Prince Albert
  • Escorts: 4 NEEDED.  Chuck Matthews will captain an escort from the entrance of the cemetery to the Committal center.  We need four otheR riders.  Please email or text me or Chuck if you can do it.
Every funeral mission is the most important one for us as we attend these grieving families.  But sometimes, they take on a little more meaning for us when it involves one of our own. 
Friday and Saturday I hope we can see an "All Hands on Deck" effort from those of you that can participate.  It is what we do.
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519


MONDAY AUGUST 21, 2017

FUNERAL SERVICE AND FLAG LINE

BERNARDO MENDOZA, US ARMY VIET NAM WAR VETERAN

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

We have been asked to stand in Silent Respect by the family of Mr. Bernardo Mendoza, 69 y/o. 
Mr. Mendoza served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam Era, his duty station being Korea.  These were some of the most memorable times of his life.  He later joined the San Diego VFW, Post 8931. 
This will be a ceremony at the CBSVC only.
  • When:  Monday, 21 Aug 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  10:00 Brief:  10:15 Flag Line:  10:30 or upon arrival of family and procession. Service:  11:00
  • Ride Captain: NEEDED
  • Support Vehicle: NEEDED
This will be the start of a very busy week for us. 
Just remember, do what you can when you can.  And I might add, feel good about it.  You all stand and proudly represent the true Patriots in America in a time when true Patriots are needed.  Military Veteran and Citizen. 
We all stand together!
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

SUNDAY AUGUST 20, 2017

AUGUST MEET AND GREET

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

Can you believe we are already closing in on the last dog days of August!  Thankfully, it has been relatively quite these past two weeks with the heat and all. 
But already we have funeral events, memorial rides and other events coming into view.  Let's get together, have a few drinks, tell some tall tales and celebrate what we do!
  • When:  Sunday, 20 Aug 17
  • Where:  Fleet Reserve Association   1651 Flour Bluff Dr. Corpus Christi
  • Time:  1:30
I wish I could say the drinks are on me.  Tell you what. I'll do it next time!  We still have the 50/50 and PGR shirts and flags and other items. 
I hope to see you there!
Don't forget about Saturday's Rockport Memorial ride for Sr. Airman Colten Lauterbach.  Please reference Ron Dominguez's excellent note.
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519


SATURDAY AUGUST 19, 2017

MEMORIAL RIDE

COLTEN LAUTERBACH, US AIR FORCE VETERAN

ROCKPORT, TEXAS

Greetings,
PGRSTX have been asked to Lead a Memorial Ride for Fallen Hero Sr. Airman Colten Lauterbach who served proudly in the US Air Force as SERE Specialist based out of Fairchilds Air Base in Spokane Washington and lost his life August 16, 2015 at the age of 23. Colten was a 2010 High School Graduate of Rockport Fulton High School and was an exceptional athlete. We Escorted This Fallen Hero and Proudly Stood a Flag Line during his services.
This Memorial Ride will start at the Rockport Fulton High School and end at the Aransas Memorial Park located at 1520 Highway 188 located between Rockport and Aransas Pass. We would like too have as many Flagged Bikes, Trikes and Cages as possible. We will stage beginning at 11am Saturday August 19th and brief at 1120 am at the Valero Station on the corner of Highway 35 Bypass and Market street before departing to the High School Parking lot at 1130 am. Upon arrival at the High School we will line up and begin Our Memorial Ride at 12 noon with Law Enforcement present. Weather will be our typical Muggy and Hot with a forcasted high of 95.
Ride Captain Richard Butler has graciously stepped up to assist me on this ride. I will put out more info on Friday just wanted to give a Heads up so you can put this on your calendars!! Please contact us with any questions.
Looking forward to seeing Everyone!! God Bless Each and Everyone of You, God Bless our Troops and God Bless our Great country!!! 
RON DOMINGUEZ-RIDE CAPTAIN
361-765-0300
RICHARD BUTLER RIDE CAPTAIN
361-230-5140       

MAY 4,5, and 6, 2018

2018 GATHERING OF THE GUARD - GOTC

CROCKETT, TEXAS

On Behalf of Steve Conger, Assistant State Captain - Texas and Butch "Turtle" Cone, Deputy State Captain
2018 GOTC
All,

East Texas PGR will be hosting the 2018 Gathering of the Guard.  Mark your calendars NOW as well as book your spot .

The location for the 2018 GOTG will be "The Crockett Family Resort " which is located 10 miles from Crockett Tx on Houston County Lake.

It will be held May 4,5 & 6, 2018.

Please go to their website and check it out. If interested give them a call to make your reservation. Just mention Patriot Guard GOTG.

75 Dogwood Lane West
Crockett, TX 75835
(936) 544-8466

Thanks

Steve Conger

Assistant State Captain -  Texas

Patriot Guard Riders

Tyler, TX. USA

281-380-3422