Date: May 13, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Cost: no dues, fees, memberships or rsvps Location: NRH Centre Grande Ballroom 6000 Hawk Ave North Richland Hills, TX 76180 Speaker: Maj Gen Robert Bodisch
One look at the impressive bios (yes, two of them!) for Major General Robert Bodisch, Commanding General of the Texas State Guard, and you'll recognize why we are so fortunate to have him speak to us! Check 'em out below. It is widely believed that the Guard is under-utilized, especially where it concerns our border. Let's hear what the guy in charge has to say!
We are also thrilled to welcome back Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey. He gave a fantastic speech at the Tarrant County Lincoln Day Dinner regarding Tarrant turning purple, what it means, and what can be done. We must be actively involved in these efforts!
NE Tarrant Tea Party Meeting
Speaker: Maj Gen Robert Bodisch, Commanding General TX State Guard
Additional Speaker: James Dicker, Chairman TX State GOP
Monday, May 13, 2019
6000 Hawk Ave, NRH
5:30-6:00pm - prayer meeting (open to all)
5:45pm - $5 dinner opens (first come, first served)
6:30-8:00pm - meeting
All patriots are welcome. Come as you are!
No dues. No fees. No memberships. No RSVPs.
Coming in late? No worries. We'll save you a seat.
About Robert Bodisch:
Law Enforcement Bio -
In August 2009, Robert Bodisch was appointed Department of Public Safety Chief of Staff and Assistant Director of Texas Homeland Security, which included among a number of responsibilities the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
In 2014, he was promoted to Deputy Director and maintained his Homeland Security and Chief of Staff responsibilities and assumed additional responsibility for the Service Divisions, including Regulatory Services Division, Driver License Division, Administration Division, Education, Training and Research Division, Finance Division, Information Technology Division, Cyber Security, Law Enforcement Support Division, Media and Communications, Government Relations, Equal Employment Office, Dispute Resolution Office, and the Executive Protection Bureau.
In 2018, Deputy Director Bodisch assumed the additional responsibility for the department’s Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division.
Before coming to DPS, Bodisch was Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security from November 2007 to August 2009.
Bodisch started his law enforcement and criminal justice career in 1973. He served as a deputy sheriff with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department (1973 – 1975), lieutenant investigator with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from 1975 to 1984 and was chief investigator with the Texas Prosecutor Council in 1985 and senior criminal investigator with the Texas Attorney General’s Office from 1985 to 1989. He served as the Director, Governor’s Texas Narcotics Control Program from 1996 to 2001. Bodisch served as the Director of Education and Training for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education from 2002 to 2005 and assistant director of the Office of Special Investigations for the Texas Attorney General’s Office in 2006. He served two tours of duty in Iraq (2005 & 2007) working for the Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP).
Director Bodisch’s first tour of duty in Iraq started on 21 January 2005 and he was assigned as the manager of the Iraqi Police Executive Leadership Development Team from January to April. From April to June he served as the Plans and Projects Officer at the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT) Headquarters. During this period (January - June) Director Bodisch also applied his skills and talents instructing and supporting Coalition and Iraqi working groups to detect, deter and defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the preferred method of insurgent attacks in Iraq. In June Director Bodisch was assigned as the Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the then Ministry of Interior Police Partnership Program (MOI P3) which evolved into the Ministry of Interior Transition Team (MOI-TT). As the Senior International Law Enforcement Advisor, Director Bodisch directly advised Iraqi Ministry of Interior senior officials responsible for national level police programs, capabilities and sustainment. From July to December, Director Bodisch developed and spearheaded an initiative to assess the ability of the Ministry of Interior's ability to develop and sustain police, facility protection forces, criminal investigators and intelligence agents, and border forces. The assessment team consisted of more than 25 coalition personnel working in 12 functional areas across the Ministry, with an investment of approximately 8,000 man-hours. The results of this comprehensive assessment were essential to determining the next focus areas in the Coalition's mission to develop the Iraq security ministries. Director Bodisch also instructed Coalition team members in tactical convoy operations and conducted at least 40 tactical convoys between the International Zone and the Ministry of Interior/Forward Operating Base Shield and other locations within the “red zone” without incident.
For his service during 2005, Director Bodisch received the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal awarded by Lieutenant General Martin E. Dempsey, Commanding General for MNSTCI.
Director Bodisch’s second tour in Iraq began on 24 January 2007 as the Assistant Program Manager for the Department of Justice’s ICITAP-Iraq, Police Program. Upon his arrival in Iraq he assumed the position of Acting Program Manager and held that position until 24 April. Director Bodisch was responsible for 191 DOJ/ ICITAP international police trainers assigned to the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT), deployed throughout Iraq at 15 Iraqi police training centers and colleges. Director Bodisch also held the position of Director of Training for CPATT and was responsible for all international law enforcement instructors, and law enforcement education and training for the Ministry of Interior police forces, including the Iraqi Police Service, Border Forces, Facilities Protection Service, Investigative and Intelligence forces and the Iraqi National Police. CPATT was a subordinate command under the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq (MNSTCI) and was commanded by Lt. General James Dubik.
During 2007, over 15,000 Iraqi Police Service Basic Recruits were trained at training centers throughout Iraq. In addition, over 18,000 Iraqi National Police received Transition and Basic Recruit training and 6,400 police personnel received specialized, advanced and leadership training. During this period of time Director Bodisch was responsible for moving all law enforcement instruction from lecture-based to performance-based training and instituted an Iraq-wide training inspections program and Inspector General Program.
For his service in 2007, Director Bodisch received the U. S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal awarded by Lieutenant General James M. Dubik. In addition, the Dean of the Baghdad Police College, Iraqi Major General Jassim Taher Chilab, awarded Director Bodisch an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in International Police Studies degree for his efforts and support in re-establishing the Baghdad Police College as a center of excellence for Iraqi law enforcement education and training.
Bodisch has an associate and Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston, and a master’s of science degree in Quality Systems Management, a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program, Class XXXIV, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs Law Enforcement Exchange Program and the United States Air Force National Security Forum (2017).
Bodisch was first commissioned as a Texas Peace Officer on 7 July 1973 and currently holds a Master Peace Officer license and has over 6800 hours of law enforcement education and training. Upon retirement on 31 August 2018, after a 45-year law enforcement career, Bodisch was commissioned a Special Texas Ranger by the Director of the Department of Public Safety.
Military Bio -
Major General Robert J. Bodisch has served in the Texas State Guard (TXSG) for the past 30 years having joined the TXSG in August 1988. General Bodisch currently serves as the Commanding General, Texas State Guard (Interim - Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2018; Appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott Nov. 2018). Prior to that position he served as the Deputy Commanding General, Texas State Guard (2013-2017) and Commanding General - Texas Maritime Regiment (2009 to 2013).
Since 1988, Gen. Bodisch has served in a number of command and staff positions to include Commanding Officer, Co. A, 601st Military Police Battalion; Commanding Officer, 601st Military Police Battalion; Executive Officer, 6th Military Police Regiment; and Personnel Director (J-1), Headquarters, TXSG, among other assignments. Gen. Bodisch has served on a number of State Active Duty missions to include Hurricanes Dean, Gustav, Dolly, Edouard and Ike and Harvey (2017). Gen. Bodisch was also instrumental in developing the Maritime Regiment Dive Team and Cadaver Search and Rescue Program. Gen. Bodisch also served four years in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1973, and six additional years in the United States Marine Corps and United States Navy Reserves.
Gen. Bodisch served two years in Iraq (2005 & 2007) with the US Dept. of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) – Iraq, Police Program. Gen. Bodisch was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs’ of Staff, Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal in 2005 and the U. S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2007 for his service in Iraq.
Gen. Bodisch is a graduate of the U. S. Army Basic Military Police Officer and the U. S. Army Advanced Military Police Officer courses, and the Joint Task Force Commander Training Course (JTF-N/NORTHCOM). Gen. Bodisch attended the United States Air War College National Security Forum for 2017 and is a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program (Class XXXIV). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
General Bodisch also served in law enforcement since 1973 and most recently served as the Deputy Director-Chief of Staff, Texas Department of Public Safety, and was responsible for Texas Homeland Security, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management, as well as a number of specialized units within the Texas Department of Public Safety. Gen. Bodisch holds a Master Peace Officer license and has over 6800 hours of law enforcement training. Gen. Bodisch retired from active law enforcement on 31 August 2018 after 45 years of service and holds a Special Texas Ranger commission.
General Bodisch is married to Charisse Canfield of Longview, TX and has four sons, Colonel Robert, Jr., currently serving in the U. S. Marine Corps, Kenneth, recently retired lstSgt., U. S. Marine Corps and currently working at FEMA, James who works for Tango in Austin, Tx., and Joseph who is an engineer with Anheuser-Busch Corp. in Houston.
General Bodisch holds a Secret clearance with the US Department of Homeland Security.