Released by the Office of State Representative Leo Berman:
State Representative Leo Berman was sworn in as a member of the Texas State Guard and promoted to the rank of colonel at the State Guard annual Christmas banquet in Austin on December 12, 2009.
Berman was encouraged to join the Texas State Guard by Brigadier General Luis Fernandez, M.D., commanding general of the State Guard Medical Brigade in Tyler. Dr. Fernandez is a trauma surgeon in Tyler.
Representative Berman retired from the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel following 22 years of active service. He was awarded three Bronze Star Medals, nine Air Medals, and the Meritorious Service Medal, among other decorations during his active service.