Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
A. Pitts was born August 21, 1924, in Crystal City, Texas. He is a 1948
graduate of Howard Payne University and the owner of Davis-Morris
Funeral Home and several other business enterprises in Brownwood.
Mr. Pitts has twice been voted Brownwood's Outstanding Citizen of the
Year; served as a member of the Texas Water Development Board; served as
either a member or chairman of numerous boards, committees, clubs and
civic organizations; and remains an active and vital booster of his
hometown and state.
He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and later in the 36th
Infantry Division, Texas National Guard from which he was discharged as
a Captain after 13 years service. Since its inception he has been a
strong and effective member of the Texas Guard Legislative Task Force
where he spent numerous hours and personal funds to support the
legislative program of the Texas National Guard. Through his personal
efforts, the Texas Army National Guard training facility at Camp Bowie
has been greatly expanded and a new armory built which was named for
him. In 1986 the first Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Committee was organized in Texas and Pitts agreed to be the chairman.
Since that initial committee formation, the Texas State ESGR Committee
has grown to encompass the entire State with willing and cooperative
committee members eager to help the Reserve Component member. Under his
leadership, an effective ombudsman program was established which
mediates between employers and employees who are Guard or Reserve
members and who are having problems. This program worked extremely well
during the mobilization for Desert Shield/Desert Storm and won national
recognition for its effectiveness.
During Mr. Pitts' tenure as chairman, the Texas State ESGR Committee has
sponsored Bosslifts to Central America and numerous short trips to
observe Guard and/or Reserve-training in Texas; sponsored a female-only
bosslift to Washington D.C.; sponsored awards to ranking Texas officials
including the State Land Commissioner and the State Comptroller; and
undertook a public affairs campaign to successfully educate employers
and the general public on the importance of the Reserve Components to
the defense structure of the United States. For his ESGR efforts, he was
awarded the Patrick Henry Citation in 1992 by the National Guard
Association of the United States.
Mr. Pitts' personal efforts and dedicated service reflects great credit
upon himself, the Texas National Guard, and the State of Texas.
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