AUSTIN – On Saturday, January 26, 2019, Maj. Gen. Robert J. Bodisch will assume command of the Texas State Guard.

The assumption of command ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the auditorium in Building 8 on Camp Mabry, in Austin.

Bodisch was appointed to the position by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on October 25, 2018. Bodisch served as the interim commander for nearly a year and previously served as the Deputy Commanding General of the Texas State Guard. This appointment follows the retirement of Maj. Gen. Gerald ‘Jake’ Betty.  In all, Bodisch has served in the guard for over 30 years since taking his oath in August 1988.

The assumption of command ceremony will mark the official start of Bodisch’s command.  He will receive the colors by newly appointed Adjutant General of Texas, Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris. The ceremony will also include a change of flag and speech from Bodisch, where he will provide his vision for the Texas State Guard.

“Our most important and valuable asset is our people. Each of our leaders is expected to exhibit the integrity, dependability, judgement, and accountability we expect of each of our troops.” Bodisch said.

Prior to being appointed to his current role, Bodisch was the Deputy Director of Homeland Security and Services at the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin, Texas.

The mission of the Texas State Guard (TXSG) is to provide mission-ready military forces to assist state and local authorities in times of state emergencies; to conduct homeland security and community service activities under the umbrella of Defense Support to Civil Authorities; and to augment the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Air National Guard as required.

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