Background of Donald A. Loucks, TEM
Updated 21 January, 2024

Certified Texas Emergecny Manager:  Certified by the Emergency Management Association of Texas as a person who can perform any emergency management function. (2016-present)

Subject Matter Expert: Hazardous Materials, Surface and Air Transforation
Interview concerning the 2023 East Palestine, Ohio Train Derailment where tons of volitile and poisonous vinyl chloride was improperly burned and contaminated thousands of square miles of agriculural land.

Member: Bastrop Community Emergency Response Team (CERT),  Citizens On Patrol (COP), Bastrop Sheriffs Office.

County Commissioner, Precinct Three.  (Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Stony Point)  Elected in 2000 general election, took office 1 January, 2001, served through 31 December, 2004.

Volunteer Fireman. (2004-2018 Firefighter II rating achieved in 2016. Joined Bluebonnet Volunteer Fire Department in 2004, and is now Bastrop County Emergency Service District #1. Served as President, BBVFD Board of Directors, and Fire Commissioner, BCESD #1.

Congressional staff. Special Assistant to Congressman Ron Paul (1997).  Responsible for national security issues, veterans' congressional case work and local government/service organization interface.  Chairman, Military Service Academy Nominations Committee. Surrogate speaker for 1996 & 1998 campaigns.

Businessman. Don-A-Bar LLC, Business property managment. (1992-Present). 

Texas State Guard, 1997-2010. Lieutenant Colonel, 2d Regiment,
Served as Deputy Commander of the Second Regiment, then as Commander of the 2d Battalion.
Served on State Active Duty in Operations Hurricanes Katrina, Rita abd Ike and was awarded the Commanding General's Individual Award, the Meritorious Service Award and the Humanitarian Service Award for his actions during those historic Texas State military actions.

Bastrop County Veterans Honor Guard 2001-present. U.S. Department of Defense Certified Provider of Military Funerals, provided over 300 military funerals and memorials for veterans interred in Bastrop County and nearby. (The Honor Guard has provided over 3,000 Bastrop County military funerals)

USAF 1970-1992. Command Pilot; Fighter Pilot, Instructor Pilot & Test Pilot; Flew F-111 series jet fighter (F-111A/D/E/F). Last man to fly the F-111 at Mach 2.5.
Assignments: Webb AFB, Big Spring, Texas;  Nellis AFB, Nevada; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, England; Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas; Cannon AFB, New Mexico; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England; Bergstrom AFB, Austin, Texas. 

Operational and training deployments to: Alaska, Korea, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. 

Decorations: Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award W/8 devices, Combat Readiness Medal W/2 devices, National Defense Service Medal W/1 device, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon W/1 device, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon W/4 devices, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon W/1 device, Air Force Training Ribbon; Texas State Guard Awards: Commanding General's Individual Award, Meritorious Service Award, and the Humanitarian Service Award.

Defending our country.

Photo of Donald climbing into his F-111 Fighter/Bomber.  Jet-Eye has logged over 5,000 hours of flying time,  2,700 in the F-111 fighter jet.

Donald served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas State Guard. He served as Deputy Commander , 2nd Regiment and Commander of the 2d Battalion.

The Texas State Guard is wholly owned and controlled by the State of Texas and has no federal connections. No soldier can be "called-up" for duty outside Texas. TxSG HQ is at Camp Mabry, Austin. Soldiers serve without compensation.


Bachelor of Arts, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1970)
Master of Arts, University of Northern Colorado (1976)

Professional Military Education:

Squadron Officers School
Air Command and Staff College
Marine Corps Staff College
Air War College.

Emergency Management Training:

Texas Emergency Manager™, Certified by Emergency Management Association of Texas

FEMA Advanced Professional Series
, 2014, Professional Development Series, 2012
DPS Interest Based Management, Leadership Education and Development of Supervisors

FEMA E915 Integrated Emergency Management Course: Homeland Security, FEMA headquarters, Emmitsburg, MD., Dec, 2004
I-100 Introduction to Incident Command System Wildfire/Incident Management Academy
IS-200.b ICS for Single Sources and Initial Action Incidents
I-300 Intermediate ICS
I-400 Advanced Incident Command System
IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) an Introduction
IS-800.a National Response Plan
IS-271.a Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk
IS-208 State Disaster Management
IS-292 Disaster Basics
IS-703.a NIMS Resource Management
IS-775 Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations
G-191 Incident Command System – Emergency Operations Center Interface
G-265 Basic Instructional Skills
G-270.4 Recovery From Disaster: The Local Government Role
G-288 Donations Management
G-300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents
G-318 Local Mitigation Planning Workshop
G-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
G-400 Advanced Incident Command System, Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents
G-557 Local Situation (RAPID) Assessment Workshop
G-610 Basic Emergency Management Workshop
H-100 Hazardous Material Awareness
L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline;
S-130 Firefighter Training;
S-190 Introduction to Wildfire Behavior
IS-292 Disaster Basics
IS-208 State Disaster Management
Radiological Emergency Management
IS-301 Radiological Emergency Respons
IS-904/907 Active Shooter
Law Enforcement/Emergecny Drone Training, Drone Sense 100 hour training.
Introduction to CERT
Mass Care
,American Red Cross
Shelter Operations, American Red Cross

Ratings:  Commercial Pilot, Single/Multi-engine Land, Instrument
                  FAA Licensed Unmanned Aerial System (drone) Operator

                  Commercial Drivers License, Class AM.
                  Amateur Radio Operator (Technician Class) KE5CHE

Member: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America, Order of Daedalians (Fraternal order of U.S. Military Pilots),
National Rifle Association (life), Texas State Rifle Association (life), Austin Rifle Club (since 1992); Experimental Aircraft Association since 1974, Warbirds of America, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics, Emergency ManagementAssociation of Texas.

Eagle Scout: Certificate signed by President John F. Kennedy, 14 July, 1963.

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PO Box 1776,  Bastrop, Texas, 78602.
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