Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor

Reynaldo Sanchez

Major General Reynaldo Sanchez was born on February 13, 1933, in El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1957 from Texas Western College in El Paso and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1973 from the University of Texas at El Paso. General Sanchez's military career began in 1953 as a member of the 136th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 36th Infantry Division. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, on June 2, 1957, and served on active duty with the United States Army until December, 1972. During those 15 years General Sanchez held a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, Korea, Puerto Rico, and Vietnam. Notably, he served as a Gunnery Instructor for the Officer Basic and Advanced courses at the US Army Field Artillery School, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and as Battalion S-3, Battalion Executive Officer, and acting Battalion Commander for the 2nd Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. General Sanchez rejoined the Texas Army National Guard in 1974 and commanded the 3d Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery; the 49th Armored Division Artillery, and the National Guard Academy. He was named deputy commander in 1988 and then commander in 1990 of 71st Troop Command, ultimately retiring in 1994.

General Sanchez's awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, and the Texas Faithful Service Medal. His military education includes the Field Artillery School, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

General Sanchez actively and frequently volunteers in multiple El Paso civic organizations particularly youth-oriented ones and often speaks at area high schools.


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