Released by the Office of State Representative Leo Berman
Colonel Leo Berman and Brigadier General Luis Fernandez.Photo by Dianne Caron State Representative Leo Berman was sworn in as a member of the Texas State Guard and promoted to the rank of colonel at the State Guard annual Christmas banquet in Austin on December 12, 2009.
Berman was encouraged to join the Texas State Guard by Brigadier General Luis Fernandez, M.D., commanding general of the State Guard Medical Brigade in Tyler. Dr. Fernandez is a trauma surgeon in Tyler.
Representative Berman retired from the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel following 22 years of active service. He was awarded three Bronze Star Medals, nine Air Medals, and the Meritorious Service Medal, among other decorations during his active service.
The Texas State Guard (TXSG) is the oldest of the three branches of the Texas Military Forces. Its mission is to provide highly trained military forces to assist state and local authorities in times of state emergencies with homeland security and community service through Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), and to augment the other two branches of the Texas Military Forces, the Army National Guard and Air National Guard as force multipliers. Missions are directed by the Commander in Chief of the Texas Military Forces Rick Perry, governor of Texas, and commanded by the Texas Adjutant General Major General Jose S. Mayorga. The motto of the TXSG is “Texans Serving Texas.”