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, 24.5 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

Returned from Deployment

Currently Deployed

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.

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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Chief Petty Officer Scott Jones, US Navy Master-At-Arms

Senior Agent Scott Jones began his career with TABC in 1989 and was assigned to the Fort Worth District Office. Over the years, Agent Jones has worked a variety of assignments, resulting in some notable cases, and in 1997 was chosen the National Liquor Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the NLLEA.

In 1996, Agent Jones enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve and has had a variety of assignments, traveling the globe to places including Guam, Italy, Spain, and the U.K., as well as several duty assignments in the United States. Along the way, Agent Jones earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and holds a number of licenses and certifications as well as a number of military awards.

On September 9, 2001, Agent Jones, then a Second Class Petty Officer, arrived at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi for annual training. Two days later, on September 11, the planned annual training was put on the back burner and it was "all hands on deck." When Petty Officer Jones returned to his home two weeks later, orders directing him back to NAS Corpus Christi were in the mail. While stationed at NAS Corpus Christi, Jones was assigned to patrol duties, and was released from active duty a year later, where he re-joined the Fort Worth District Office team. He was mobilized again in April 2010 and served on a Joint Special Operations Task Force for a year in Iraq. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts.

Agent Jones has been assigned to the Mineral Wells Outpost since 2004 and says that he is "certainly happy to be home, and in one piece, with my family, friends, colleagues and back to work on the outpost."

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Lieutenant Stephen McCarty, US Navy

TABC Sergeant Stephen McCarty began employment in January 2003 in the Austin District Office. He transferred temporarily to TABC Headquarters-Training Division in October 2009 and was promoted to Sergeant in the Richmond Outpost effective January 2010. Before TABC, he was a patrol officer with the Kyle Police Department. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BA in Criminal Justice and from Southwest Texas State University with an MA in Political Science.

Lieutenant Stephen McCarty completed a 13 month deployment to Afghanistan in August 2011 where he served as an operational level intelligence officer for NATO Headquarters Command. Upon his return to TABC, he transferred back to the Austin District Office. In January 2012, he was again deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he supervises an Intelligence Division for the US Navy Central Command. He has since returned from deployment.

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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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