Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
Louis A. Howard was a veteran of the United States Naval forces and
WWII, prior to his commissioning into the Texas Air National Guard in
1952. During the course of his thirty years of distinguished service
with the Texas Air Guard, Colonel Howard founded the 221st Radio Relay
Squadron and the 254th Combat Communications Group.
Colonel Howard helped to develop the total force concept, redefining the
role of the 254th Combat Communication's Group, by moving them forward
to provide responsive and extensive communications support and
assistance to the United States Air Force. Through his tireless efforts,
the 254th Combat Communications Group became the first such Air National
Guard unit to provide full support of a major, Joint Chief's of Staff
Colonel Howard pioneered numerous operational concepts and technical
innovations that became evident within the expanded utilization of Air
National Guard Combat Communications Groups. His untiring efforts and
participation in Air Force training exercises such as Brave Shield XII,
Gallant Crew 77, Team Spirit and Bold Eagle 82 continually improved his
unit's readiness and performance.
As a graduate of Southern Methodist University, Colonel Howard developed
an uncommon sense of selflessness, and served as president of the
National Guard Association of Texas, secretary of the National Guard
Association of the United States, Chairman of the American Red Cross and
was a Councilman and the Director of Civil Defense for the city of
His military awards include the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Air Force
Longevity Service Award, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Device, Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
Colonel Howard's impeccable character and prestigious record of service
and accomplishment reflect the highest credit upon himself his family,
the State of Texas and the Air National Guard.
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