Called to Duty

TABC would like to honor the men and women who died serving in the U.S. Military, as well as TABC employees and their immediate family members who served or are serving in our armed forces.

Memorial Day Presentation (Adobe Acrobat, 33.2 MB)

TABC is proud of the following agents for the time they have dedicated to the military and their country. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts during their tours of duty.

Currently Deployed

  • Currently no TABC employees are deployed.

Returned from Deployment

Currently Deployed

Currently no TABC employees are deployed.

Returned from Deployment

First Sergeant Paul Sanchez, US Army

Agent IV Paul Sanchez began his military career before he joined TABC as an Agent in June 1996. In 2003, Sanchez went on active duty to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon his return from Iraq, he continued to perform his duties as a TABC Agent for the Northeast Region. On June 4, 2008, Sanchez was again called to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to Charlie Company – 490th Civil Affairs Battalion headquartered at Camp Echo in Diwaniyah, Iraq. Agent Sanchez returned to the United States in August 2009, and returned to work in November 2009.

In October of 2011, First Sergeant (1SG) began supporting Civil Military Operations at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa. He returned to work in 2012.

During his 12 month tour in Iraq, 1SG Sanchez was responsible for a company of Civil Affairs soldiers working cooperatively with the Department of State Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT's) conducting infrastructure repair in southern Iraq. 1SG Sanchez had four 8-soldier teams covering in excess of 37,450 square miles from just south of Baghdad to Um Qasr and from the Saudi border east to the border with Iran. The teams accomplished projects such as agriculture education, building or refurbishing clinics and hospitals, training medical personnel, training local and "county" government officials, human rights training and training senior police and fire officials to name a few projects. 1SG Sanchez' company completed over 300 sustainable projects valued at over $100 million. When not training government officials and police/corrections officials, 1SG Sanchez could be found flying or driving to his teams' locations to conduct battlefield circulation, ensuring that his soldiers were doing well mentally, physically and professionally. 1SG Sanchez personally conducted over 40 missions supporting the reconstruction effort in Iraq and logged over 10,000 miles of travel by air and ground.

For his personal effort, disregard for his own safety, one-hundred percent accountability of personnel and equipment and superb performance of his soldiers, 1SG Sanchez was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal (with 3 bronze campaign stars), Good Conduct Medal and Army Overseas Service Ribbon along with many other medals.

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Senior Chief Petty Officer David M. Benavides, US Navy Seabees

Senior Chief Petty Officer David Benavides enlisted in the US Naval Reserve SAM "Sea & Air Mariner" program on July 22, 1986. He attended recruit training at Recruit Training Center San Diego, CA, and reported to Naval Construction Training Center, Port Hueneme, CA, home of the US Navy Seabees to attend Construction Electrician "A" school. Graduating top of his class in 1987, David returned home to Odessa, TX, to begin his monthly training requirements.

David Benavides was hired by TABC in 1998 and assigned to the Odessa District. He promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and transferred to the Houston District where he is currently assigned.

Benavides has served with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 22 for 17 years and had a five-year tour with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 Augment Unit. He has performed training at various locations within the continental United States and throughout the world, including Puerto Rico, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Guam, Okinawa, Hawaii.

Benavides has earned many awards including Expert Pistol, Expert Rifle, National Defense Service Medal – 2 awards, US Naval Reserve Meritorious Service ribbon – 5 awards, Reserve Service Medal, US Coast Guard Special Operations, US Coast Guard Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal – 2 awards, Overseas Deployment Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal – 4 awards, Navy Unit Commendation. Two warfare designators: Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist & Fleet Marine Force.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Benavides was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom III to Iraq in July 2005 for a 10-month deployment where he was assigned to a construction job located eight miles from the Syrian Border in the Anbar Province. Benavides was mobilized again in June 2009 in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

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Chris Mittelmaier, Air National Guard

Chris Mittelmaier joined the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in 2006 as an Agent in the Brazoria Outpost. He transferred to the San Antonio Regional Office in February 2008.

Agent Mittelmaier has been in the military for 17 years. He is in the Air National Guard currently assigned to the 149 Fighter Wing (FW)/ Security Forces Squadron (SFS) at Lackland AFB. He was involuntarily activated to support Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in June 2009, and was deployed to Kyrgyzstan as the Security Forces NCOIC of Investigations. He returned back to work at TABC in April 2010.

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