Affirmation of the Patriot Guard Riders Chain of Command
While it’s acknowledged the PGR is a 100% volunteer organization the PGR, same as any organization populated by volunteers or paid personnel, requires structure to function in a coherent, consistent, unified manner. In the interest of ensuring clarity of communication and reinforcement of the PGR’s existing structure this letters purpose is to affirm the PGR National BoD’s commitment to the PGR Chain of Command (CoC). While extraordinary situations may arise that merit circumventing the CoC please understand that the PGR National BoD is firmly committed to and expects compliance with and utilization of the CoC. Additionally, the PGR National BoD subscribes to the practice of resolving challenges at the lowest level possible within the CoC.
The following is the PGR CoC as of the date of this letter and complies with the PGR National by-laws:
Flag Line member/rider – MOST important position within the organization.
Ride Captain – Appointed by the State Captain, serves as the mission lead, there may be multiple Ride Captains assigned to large/high profile missions with a designated Ride Captain in Charge. Provides guidance & support to our most important members, the Flag Line member/rider. All concerns/issues that arise during a mission should first be addressed with the mission Ride Captain! Reports to the Senior Ride Captain (if their state utilizes the position) or the Assistant/Deputy State Captain.
Senior Ride Captain – Appointed by the State Captain, is an experienced/seasoned Ride Captain that serves to provide guidance & support to Ride Captains. Reports to the Assistant/Deputy State Captain. May serve as a mission Ride Captain. Not all states utilize this position.
Assistant/Deputy State Captain – Appointed by the State Captain, serves to assist the State Captain in the conduct of the PGR’s mission within the borders of their respective state. Provides guidance & support to Senior Ride Captains. Reports to the State Captain. May serve as a mission Ride Captain.
State Captain – Individual appointed by vote of the PGR National BoD. The State Captain serves as the designated representative of the PGR within their respective state and directs all aspects of the conduct of the PGR’s mission within their state. Selects and provides guidance & support to their state leadership structure. Reports to the respective Regional Captain. May serve as a mission Ride Captain.
Regional Captain – Individual appointed by vote of the PGR National BoD. The Regional Captain serves as the designated representative of the PGR within their respective region. They provide guidance & support to the State Captains within their respective region in the conduct of the PGR’s mission. Regional Captains submit nominations for elections of PGR corporate officers to the PGR National BoD. Regional Captains vet all State Captain nominees and submit all State Captain nominees to the PGR National BoD with a recommendation to approve or not approve. Reports to the VP of Captains. May serve as a mission Ride Captain.
VP of Captains – Individual elected by State Captains. The VP of Captains serves to provide guidance & support to all Regional and State Captains in the conduct of the PGR’s mission and acts as an advocate and representative for Regional and State Captains to the PGR National BoD. Reports to the President. May serve as a mission Ride Captain.
President – Individual elected by State Captains. The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the PGR. The President has general management responsibility of the business of the PGR and general supervision of the other officers of the PGR. May serve as a mission Ride Captain.
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery- San Antonio National Cemetery is located in Bexar County, Texas located in the eastern section of San Antonio.
San Antonio National Cemetery - The cemetery is located in the eastern section of San Antonio. From Interstate 37, take Commerce exit east and proceed to S. New Braunfels. Turn left and travel one block to Paso Hondo. Travel approximately ½ mile to the cemetery on your right. Cremation Only
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery - The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery was dedicated and opened for burials on May 12, 2000. The cemetery is situated on a 638.5-acre parcel of land that overlooks picturesque Mountain Creek Lake. The gently rolling hills provide a pastoral setting for visitors as they proceed along the central boulevard to the small lake adjacent to the assembly area and committal shelters.
Fort Bliss National Cemetery - The cemetery is located in the central section of El Paso on the far north side of the Ft. Bliss Military Reservation. From El Paso International Airport, travel Airport Road north two miles to Fred Wilson Avenue, and continue west ¾ mile to the cemetery.
Houston National Cemetery - Cemetery is located 15 miles northwest of downtown Houston. From Bush Intercontinental Airport take John F. Kennedy Blvd. South to Beltway 8. Turn right onto Beltway 8 West and exit at Ella. Follow the feeder road West to the third traffic light, and turn left on Veterans Memorial Drive. Proceed to the first traffic light and turn left on T.C. Jester. The cemetery entrance will be on your right.
Kerrville National Cemetery - The cemetery is located two miles southeast of the city of Kerrville. Take Highway 27 to Spur Route 100. Turn north and travel ½ mile to cemetery.
Texas state cemeteries are built through a partnership between the State of Texas and the federal VA, and are managed by the Veterans Land Board. Burial at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery is a benefit earned by Veterans, their spouses, and eligible dependents for their dedicated service to our country. There is no charge for the interment of Veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents. The burial benefit includes military honors for Veterans, the grave plot, the opening and closing of the grave, a concrete grave liner for casketed burials, a headstone or marker, presentation of the burial flag to the next of kin, a Presidential certificate, playing of Taps, a gun salute, and perpetual care of the grave. The funeral home will obtain a burial flag to accompany the Veteran's casket or urn and will assist with requesting military honors.
Texas State Cemetery - Texas State Cemetery. Just blocks east of the State Capitol, the Cemetery is the final resting place of Governors, Senators, Legislators, Congressmen, Judges and other legendary Texans who have made the state what it is today.
Texas State Veterans Cemetery At Abilene - Abilene - The Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene includes a covered, open-air structure for committal services, a visitors center, a computer kiosk for locating specific graves or interments, an assembly area for special occasions, such as Memorial Day observances, an avenue of flags and a memorial walkway for future monuments.
Coastal Bend Veterans Cemetery - Corpus Christi - The Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi includes a covered, open-air structure for committal services, a visitor's center, a computer kiosk for locating specific graves, an assembly area for special occasions, such as Memorial Day observances, an avenue of flags and a memorial walkway for future monuments.
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery - Killeen - The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen is located on 174 acres previously part of Fort Hood and donated by the federal government.
Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery -Mission - The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery initial phase of development contains 31 acres, and 6,190 gravesites. The cemetery will be expanded as needed and will eventually be capable of providing a final resting place for more than 25,000 Veterans and family members.
National Gravesite Locator - To search for burial locations of veterans
PGR STATE - BY - STATE
PGR STATE - BY - STATE
ALABAMA - http://www.brownbearsw.com/cal/alabamapgr
ALASKA - (see National PGR website)
ARIZONA - (see National PGR website)
ARKANSAS - (see National PGR website)
CALIFORNIA - http://www.socalpgr.org
COLORADO - http://www.coloradopgr.org
CONNECTICUT - http://www.ctpatriotguard.org
DELAWARE - (see National PGR website)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - http://www.mdpatriotguard.org
FLORIDA - (see National PGR website)
GEORGIA - http://www.pgrofga.org
HAWAII - (see National PGR website)
IDAHO - (see National PGR website)
ILLINOIS - http://www.ilpatriotguard.com
INDIANA - http://www.inpatriotguard.org
IOWA - (see National PGR website)
KANSAS - http://www.patriotguardks.org
KENTUCKY - http://www.pgrofky.com
LOUISIANA - (see http://www.my.calendars.net/louisianapgr)
MAINE - (see National PGR website)
MARYLAND - http://www.mdpatriotguard.org
MASSACHUSETTS - (see National PGR website)
MICHIGAN - http://www.patriotguardmi.org
MINNESOTA - http://www.mnpatriotguard.org
MISSISSIPPI - http://www.pgrofms.org
MISSOURI - (see National PGR website)
MONTANA - http://www.pgom.org
NEBRASKA - (see National PGR website)
NEVADA - http://nevadapatriotguardriders.com
NEW HAMPSHIRE - (see National PGR website)
NEW JERSEY - (see National PGR website)
NEW MEXICO - (see National PGR website)
NEW YORK - http://www.pgrny.org
NORTH CAROLINA - (see National PGR website)
NORTH DAKOTA - http://www.ndpg.org
OHIO - http://www.ohiopgr.org
OKLAHOMA - http://www.pgrofok.us
OREGON - (see National PGR website)
PENNSYLVANIA - http://www.pgrpa.org
RHODE ISLAND - (see National PGR website)
SOUTH CAROLINA - (see National PGR website)
SOUTH DAKOTA - http://www.sdpgr.com
TENNESSEE - (see National PGR website)
UTAH - (see National PGR website)
VERMONT - (see National PGR website)
VIRGINIA - http://www.virginiapatriotguard.org
WASHINGTON - http://www.pgrofwa.org
WISCONSIN - http://www.patriotguard-wi.org
WYOMING - (see National PGR website)