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Health Science Center activates the state’s first Texas Medical Rangers” unit

April 2003

Thanks to the Health Science Center, Texans have one less reason to worry about terrorism and biological threats: the Medical Reserve Corps, also known as the Texas Medical Rangers. Gov. Rick Perry selected the Health Science Center to establish and house the first unit of the Texas Medical Rangers. It’s the first program of its kind in the country, and it will fall under the leadership of retired Army Major General Harold L. Timboe, M.D., M.P.H., the associate vice president for administration at the Health Science Center.

The Health Science Center activated the Texas Medical Rangers in a March 11 ceremony. "This is indeed a historic day, one in which the leaders of Texas are responding to the needs of the people of Texas by turning to some of Texas’ most trusted servants - the faculty and staff of the Health Science Center," Dr. Timboe said. "I am humbled to accept command of this organization, but in doing so I am assured by the knowledge of the professionals who will join together to help shape this unit."

The newly created Medical Reserve Corps is part of the Texas Military Forces and the Texas State Guard. It will partner with the State Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Department of Health and the Health Science Center.

Members of the Texas Medical Rangers are volunteers and will train to assist public health authorities in the event that a major natural disaster or man-induced disruption threatens public health anywhere in South Texas.





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