Tex grew up as a preacher’s kid getting to know men like Dr. Bill Bright and Dr. Billy Graham. Tex from an infant was around many strong Christian leaders who influenced his life. His career in the Air Force and retiring as a Lt General provided a large platform to spread the Gospel of Jesus.
He was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at Texas Christian University in 1970. He commanded an operational F-16 Fighter Squadron, a Composite Wing and a Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Personnel Center. A command pilot, General Brown has flown more than 3,500 hours in fighter and trainer aircraft, with 140 combat missions in Southeast Asia in the A-1 Skyraider.
He has had over 20 Assignments in his career, the most notable are:
October 1971 - October 1972, A-1E fighter pilot, 1st Special Operations Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai AFB, Thailand where he received 3 Silver Stars and 8 Distinguished Flying Crosses, one of the most decorated pilots in the Vietnam War.
November 1983 - May 1988, Hahn AB Germany F-16 pilot, Operations Officer then Squadron Commander of 496th Fighter Squadron.
August 1990 - June 1991, Air War College class President and Secretary of the AF Award recipient.
June 1994 - September 1995, Commander, 24th Wing, and Commander, U.S. Southern Command Air Forces Forward, Howard AFB, Panama
September 1995 - May 1997, Commander, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska
January 2000 - August 2001, Commander of Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX.
He has over 3500 hours flight time in the A-1E/G/H/J, T-37, A-7D, F-16A/B/C/D and C-27.
Tex Brown now resides in Garden Ridge, and is an active member of St Paul Lutheran Church here in New Braunfels. He has a wife, Ann, of 42+ years, 2 Daughters, 1 son and 9 grandchildren.
After USAF retirement in 2004 he has worked for several Defense contractors and consulted.
He loves playing golf, hunting, fishing, playing with his grand kids, and most of all sharing his Faith.
Tex started Men’s Roundup with the idea of having a place outside of church for men of all denominations to come together and fellowship with other men following Jesus and most importantly bring along a non-Christian man with them. Fellowship is a important part; a meal provides a natural setting for this. Then, listening to a successful man, an easily admired sports or military hero, talk about their life and the role faith had in it.
Krause’s Biergarten provides the perfect environment for this, capturing the Germans tradition of Spass (Fun), Stammtisch (Table), and Gemutlichkeit (Fellowship).
None of the speakers are paid or reimbursed for expenses, a meal is the only perk! Men's Roundup is all done as service to the Lord. All funds are for the meal, Krause's charges nothing for the usage of the Biergarten.
Men’s Rounds up are held monthly, on the second Tuesday night of the month, in the Biergarten at Krause’s.