Governor Abbott Names Chair, Appoints Two To Texas Military Preparedness Commission

~ In a recent announcement, Governor Greg Abbott has appointed three individuals to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, with the goal of preserving and expanding military missions, assets, and installations in the state. The commission also aims to attract new military businesses to Texas.

John "Mark" McLean, a pilot with American Airlines and former commanding officer of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, has been appointed for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. McLean brings over 26 years of active-duty service as a U.S. Navy veteran to his new role. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College.

Joining McLean on the commission is Paul Norwood of Georgetown, who will also serve until February 1, 2027. Norwood is currently a director with Lazard Geopolitical Advisory and has over 28 years of service as a U.S. Army veteran. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University, as well as two master's degrees in Computer Resources from Webster University and Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

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The third appointee is Michael "Mike" Boyd of Christoval, who has been named Chair of the commission by Governor Abbott. Boyd brings extensive experience in both business and military service to his new role. He is currently chairman of Housley Communications and has served for over 30 years in the Texas Army National Guard. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, a Master in Banking from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, and a military degree from the Command and General Staff College.

All three appointees have impressive backgrounds that make them well-suited for their roles on the commission. Their combined expertise will be crucial in achieving the commission's goals of preserving and expanding military presence in Texas. With their leadership, the state is well-positioned to attract new military missions and businesses, further strengthening its defense capabilities.

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