AUSTIN -Texas Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols is pleased to announce that Brig. Gen. Manuel "Tony" Rodriguez will take command of the Texas State Guard, upon the retirement of Maj. Gen. Raymond Peters, who has commanded since July 2009.
"After 40 years serving our nation and state -- in the regular Army, the National Guard and the Texas State Guard -- Raymond Peters has distinguished himself in war and peace," said Nichols. "Under his leadership, the Texas State Guard has become an integral part of the Texas Military Forces mission and critical to the safety of the people of the Lone Star State."
Rodriguez joined the TXSG in March 2006, serving first as commander of the 2nd Civil Affairs Regiment, and later as the headquarters personnel officer. He is currently the TXSG Deputy Commander in charge of the Army Component.
Peters, whose retirement was announced in the spring, said he could not be more pleased by the selection of Rodriguez as his successor.
“Tony Rodriguez’s emphasis on strategic planning and substantive training will ensure the State Guard continues to mature in its mission. He is committed to seeing an even stronger, more robust State Guard," said Peters. "The best days of the Texas State Guard are ahead. I can honestly say that of all the postings I've had, wearing the Texas State Guard is the one of which I am most proud because of the caliber of people I have been fortunate to wear it alongside."
An official change of command ceremony will take place at a later date in August with the details forthcoming.