85S12834 JGH-D
  By: Kacal H.R. No. 420
         WHEREAS, John Hince of Bryan was elected as state commander
  of the American Legion for 2017-2018 at the 99th annual convention
  of the Legion's Department of Texas, which took place in Killeen on
  July 16, 2017; and
         WHEREAS, A native of Pennsylvania, John Hince earned a
  bachelor's degree as a distinguished military graduate of the
  Virginia Military Institute in 1968, and he entered active duty
  with the U.S. Army in June 1969; after completing the Infantry
  Officers Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, he received further
  training at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Fort Rucker, Alabama; he
  served a tour of duty in Vietnam from August 1970 to August 1971;
         WHEREAS, Returning stateside, Mr. Hince attended the
  Intelligence Officers Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and
  then served as executive officer of the Interrogation and Document
  Analysis Company of the 519th Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bragg,
  North Carolina; he received an honorable discharge in 1973 and
  embarked on a successful three-decade career in education, working
  as a teacher and administrator; and
         WHEREAS, In 1994, Mr. Hince joined the American Legion as a
  member of Post 364 in Woodbridge, Virginia; after retiring to Bryan
  in 2005, he joined Earl Graham Post 159, where he has served as
  chaplain, adjutant, and first vice commander and twice as
  commander; from 2012 to 2014, he was 6th District commander, and
  from 2014 to 2015, he was 2nd Division commander; he has also served
  on the 100th Anniversary, Long Range Planning, Finance and Budget,
  Resolution, and National Convention Delegation Committees, and he
  has been a member of the Post 159 board of trustees and the Post
  Honor Guard; and
         WHEREAS, In all his endeavors, Mr. Hince enjoys the active
  support of his wife, Gerry, a 31-year army veteran who retired at
  the rank of colonel; together, they raised three sons, the late John
  Hince Jr., Captain Matthew Hince of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and
  Captain Peter Hince of the U.S. Air Force; both Matthew and Peter
  are members of Post 159; and
         WHEREAS, For more than two decades, John Hince has played a
  prominent role in the American Legion, earning the respect and
  admiration of his fellow members for his leadership and dedication,
  and he may indeed reflect with pride on his many achievements as he
  takes on the challenges and opportunities of his new statewide
  position; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature, 1st Called Session, hereby congratulate John Hince on
  his election as state commander of the American Legion, Department
  of Texas, and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued
  success in his important work; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Hince as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.