Let me tell you about NGAT!


CW4 (Ret) Len Tallas*


The first Executive Director of our Association was CW4 (Ret) Len Tallas.  In the early years, the Association was run out of the offices of the Adjutant General.  It then moved to the garage and next a separate room off the back of the Tallas’s home.  Len and Jean Tallas gave unselfishly to the Association, and eventually the offices were moved to its current location on Crawford Ave in Austin, TX. 

CW4 (Ret) Lewis King*


The first Associate Director of our Association, and later the Executive Director, was CW4 (Ret) Lewis King.  Lewis was also present at the creation (so to speak), and worked tirelessly in those early years.  Over time, Lewis became the driving force behind the legislative focus and outreach of the Association, and introduced the concept of establishing partnerships with industry and other organizations.  After he retired as Executive Director, he continued serving the Association as its Legislative Director, and became very active on the national scene as well. 

CW4 (Ret) Harold Loftis*


When the first meeting was held at the creation, someone had to take notes, and that was how CW4 (Ret) Harold Loftis began his long service to NGAT.  Harold not only served as the early scribe, he also assumed the responsibility for husbanding the resources of the Association, a responsibility he held for over forty years.  And Harold gave not only of himself, but of his family.  His wife, Billie, worked at NGAT for over 20 years as Insurance Director, and later his daughter Kathy assumed these responsibilities (a job she still holds today).  In addition, two grandsons have worked for the Association, sharing their talents as well. 



Who is NGAT?

The National Guard Association of Texas was founded in 1959 by a group of Warrant Officers on the principle that it is important to have an organization speak out for the Texas National Guard and its members.

NGAT is a non-profit veterans organization of over 35,000 current, former, and retired Texas Military Department members organized for the following purposes:

To promote and support adequate national security.

To foster and improve the Texas National Guard and the National Guard of the United States as a component of the Armed Forces of the United States.

To preserve and perpetuate the history and tradition of the Texas Military Department.

Meet Our Staff.....

Let me introduce to you the people behind the scenes that ensures our Association continues to operate on a day to day basis.

LTC (Ret) Marvin Harris
Executive Director
28 years Military Service in the U.S. Army
Licensed Insurance Agent Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas, El Paso and Master of Arts in Human Resources and Development from Webster University.
Employed at NGAT for 2 year

MSG (Ret)
Theresa Billeck-Zuniga

Director of Membership
Deputy Executive Director
NGAT News Magazine Editor
NGAT President 2006-2007
Licensed Insurance Agent
26 years Active Duty Service in both the Air Force & Army
Employed at NGAT for 12 years.
Kathleen Gallatin
Director of Insurance
Licensed Insurance Agent
Graduate of the University of Texas
Spouse of a Retired National Guard Soldier
26 years of Service Full Time
5 years of Service Part Time
Employed at NGAT for 32 years


Annapurni Hariharan
Employed at NGAT for 6 years


MSgt (Ret) Scott Wade
Membership Assistant/
Office Manager
20 Years active duty service USAF and ILANG
Graduate of Western Illinois University
Employed at NGAT 2 year




COL (Ret)
Ed Komandosky

CSM (Ret)
Bill Abernathy

CSM (Ret)
Don Strickland

MSG (Ret)
Larry Todd

SSG (Ret)
Wilmer Roberts


This could be you. Do you like working with Soldiers & Airmen? Are you retired from the Guard? Are you interested in selling State Sponsored Life Insurance for NGAT? If so please contact Kathy Gallatin at 512-454-7300 or email her at insurance@ngat.org. If you already have a insurance license we want to talk to you.






CW4 (Ret)
Leonard T. Tallas *
1959 - 1986

CW4 (Ret)
Lewis O. King *
1986 - 1994

COL (Ret)
Dale M. Pyeatt *
1994 - 2005

LTC (Ret)
Ray Lindner
2005 - 2016

LTC (Ret)
Marvin Harris