Yesterday, there were two separate call outs on the internet indicating that the militia members were needed on the Texas border. One call out indicated the militia members should stand by for orders.
Rick Light on FaceBook:
I will be busy this morning because I will be in a meeting with our Local Judge and Sheriff about the Border issue here in Texas.. I ask all Texas Militia personnel to standby.. Lets do this as the Professionals we are.. I will update ASAP..
Mr. Light, a credible militia source, is now posting that Governor Perry has indicated interest in using the militias in tangent with the law enforcement border surge that he announced yesterday.
Update.. RE: Border Op's for the Texas Militias.
I was just informed that the Governor is interested in using the citizens Militias of Texas in this issue. We need a SOP written up and given to the Governors office for a eyes and ears OP along with Detainee OP's that is coordinated with the Local and State Law enforcement. So I call on our Texas Commanders to step up and help with the write up.. Time for a phone convention ASAP.. Please get the word out.. I am asking for the Stand down order to be respected until the SOP is approved by the Governor of Texas. I call on The Texas State Militia, and other Texas Militias to assist in the effort.
If this operation moves forward, militias in other states are offering their support deeming this a national issue as opposed to just a Texas problem as indicated by Chad Neal-Ok D.F.,
I can't speak for all of the Oklahoma Defense Force Militia command but Rick Light as the 1stSgt in the OKDF myself stand with you and seeing how this is a national issue we all need to stand together. If you need additional help I'll be more than happy to talk to the rest of the group.
AZ Ranger notes that since national security is at stake there may need to be militia support in Nogales Arizona. Further, he cautions that proper protocol needs to be followed:
historically the militia has had authority only to operate within its specified AO, and commanders have always respected that. The only time those things change, is when a militia is responding to a specific request. So, if TX wants other militia organizations to participate. The TX Militia's leadership should be the people to issue the call, and set the policies of integration and hierarchy once an outside unit arrives on site. Also, that policy can be a lot different for individuals who are not operating as a specific unit. This is an easy fix, and I agree that if TX allows, militias from across the country should show up and contribute to the defense of our borders. I think that Nogales, AZ POE is going to be the next mess to deal with.
Aaron Christopher Combs doesn't believe that this is an operation that the Governor is currently contemplating.
While i am not calling anyone a liar, but i just got off the phone with austin at the GOV office, Dewhurst and abbott all three have said that NO one has contacted them and they have not contacted any militias about using them. They told me personally that if anything like this were to happen they would not use the militias to write the OP and that it would be a public announcement at a press conf.... this is what i am being told. PERSONALLY by these peoples offices.
Audie Twiford points out that the militias are not vigilantes and that they do need to be called out by the Governor.
It is not the duty of a militia to become a force of vigilantes, it is the duty to prepare and make ready to become organized at the call of our Governor and support him at a state level to be directed by him and the State of Texas in the time of need. Texas didnt get where its at today by being careless and unorganized, the militia has protocols to follow like any other organization.
Will Governor Perry make use of this additional manpower to stop the invasion of Texas by illegals? Time will tell.
By: Dee Lutz
Tea Party Command Center
*note: all block quotes are directly from FB posts*
The Texas State guard actually did real service during world war II in guarding important facilities from German and Japanese sabotage. But after World War II, it deteriorated into a sort of social club with little or no military training or organization. In the mid 1980's that changed and almost launched a national reserve militia movement that could have been at the disposal of the governor, as a real trained light infantry State Militia. That movement was led by a former Special Forces soldier and decorated Vietnam Veteran, the unit which initially was known as the 105th MP battalion recruited a number of Vietnam veterans, and did drills with realistic small unit scenarios. Although lacking miles gear, training was done at night using blank adaptors, and untrained recruits were placed with veterans.
The 105th came into conflict with the democratic attorney general of Texas, and the unit was officially disbanded. But it did not disband as a military organization. It became the Texas Reserve Militia. The unit was actually welcomed by the National Guard and Army Reserve, who offered them facilities, and was even used by them in OPFOR training exercises. Some of the USAR school courses such as land Navigation, and eventually weapons qualifications were done on a regular basis, and were overseen by military instructors at military facilities. Some of the regular NCO schools like BNCO and ANCO opened up for those who wanted to participate. A chosen group participated in the Army Reserves PNCOC course (Primary Non Commissioned Officers Course for Combat Arms). Many recruits eventually became qualified Infantry men who had never been in the armed services before.
The Unit eventually became companies, and battalions were organized across the state. The name was once again changed to the Texas Light Infantry. Although the battalions openly invited observation by the governor and even the Federals, it received a bad rap from the left wing media.
However, a high compliment was paid to the founder, and to the Texas Light Infantry, when Morris Dees wrote a book that demonized all militias. But the Texas Light Infantry was singled out as the most professional. Dees even stated in his book that the Texas Light Infantry was actually on the level of proficiency and training of US Army Rangers. Of course, this was a great big exaggeration, but in reality, it was a proficient and viable combat ready light infantry organization. What is more, the troopers paid for this own ammunition, web gear BDUs and just about everything else, from their own pocket, or the unit fund.
We need to look at examples like these, because first of all, they show that the United States Military forces of the Cold War era saw such militias as potentially valuable back up. They did not view them as subversive, or a threat to the liberties and well being of the American people, but rather as a reopening of an institution that America was founded upon, and that was the provision for a trained and regulated militia. In American history, Militias and Regulars fought side by side. Even during America's Civil War, Volunteer Units made up the bulk of the Military that fought the war, and each State had in addition it's own State Militias.
The fear of militias is a concept born out of the left. It is the same fear that leftists have of an armed population that could be capable of resisting tyranny. The absence of militias in America has not benefited the nation. Militias are as natural to America as Mom, Apple pie, and the Stars and Stripes.
Obama met Texas Governor Rick Perry, a fierce critic of the President’s immigration policy and a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate. Even arranging their 15-minute talk was politically fraught, as Mr. Perry initially said he wouldn’t meet the President at all. On Thursday, he attacked Mr. Obama for not sending the National Guard to the border. And Mr. Obama’s failure to visit the processing centres at the border during his trip to the Southwest for fundraising events left him open to criticism from all sides. He responded to the grumbling by saying he wasn’t interested in “photo ops,” and attempted to take the offensive. “If they’re interested in solving the problem, then this can be solved,” he said. “If the preference is for politics, then it won’t be solved.”