Brig Gen. (Ret.) John Compere

West Texas Ranch born & raised, Cowboy, Patriot, Soldier, Lawyer, Judge & Rancher.

Personal– Born on July 7, 1941, in Abilene, Texas. Raised in rural West Texas ranch. Married to Dolores Flores Compere of Baird with 4 adult children (David, Tracy, Julianne & Bradley) and 4 grandchildren (Raven, Ryder, Dylan & Sadie Belle). Retired, returned to West Texas and Family ranch in 2007.

Education– Abilene High School (Diploma, 1957-59); Texas Tech University (BA, Government, 1959-63); University of Texas (JD, Law, 1963-66).

Military– 26 years, US Army officer (Army ROTC college cadet, began active duty as 101stArmy Airborne Division paratrooper & prosecutor, served in various USA locations, Thailand, Vietnam, Honduras & Panama, retired as Brigadier General & Vietnam Era disabled veteran).

Law– 50 years, US Army lawyer and Texas lawyer (San Antonio civil litigation law firm owner, board-certified lawyer, mediator & arbitrator in State and Federal Courts).

Judicial– 4 years, Washington DC – Chief Judge of the US Army Court of Military Review & US Army Legal Services Agency (tenured US judicial position, nominated by President George H.W. Bush & confirmed by Congress).

Community– Abilene Reporter-News Editorial Board; Cisco Community College (guest faculty); United Methodist Church (certified lay leader/speaker/teacher, Stephen minister, district representative, adult biblical history teacher); Dyess Air Force Base Chapel (Protestant lay leader); Military Religious Freedom Foundation (Board Member); Disabled American Veterans (Life Member); Abilene High School Class Reunion Committee; Texas University Law School Class Reunion Committee; Belle Plaine Pioneer Cemetery Association (Parliamentarian); Celebration Singers (Historian); Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball Association (Historian); Callahan County Sheriff’s Posse (Life Member & Historian); Cowboy Heritage Association of America (Charter & Life Member); Tejas Vaqueros (Director, Outstanding Trail Rider, Champion Team Penner, Champion Team Sorter, Trail Boss, 20 Year Buckle award, 25 year Silver Medal award).

Writing– 74 copyrighted legal articles published (local, state, national & international bar associations); United Methodist Church newsletter columnist; Abilene Reporter-News editorial columnist and commentator; Buffalo Gap News columnist; Tejas Vaquero magazine columnist; Baird Banner, Clyde Journal, Cross Plains Review, Abilene Living, Abilene Scene, Texas Heritage, Americans United, Free Inquiry, Freethought Today, American Rationalist, Military Religious Freedom Foundation contributing writer. [a judicious wordsmith who adheres to the writing wisdom of Jonathan Swift – “The right words in the right place”.]

Politics– Independent

Favorite Quotes

“Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.” – Grandma Moses (American folk artist, 1860-1961).

“LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE END WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND PRESERVED STATE, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, TOTALLY USED UP AND PROCLAIMING – DAMN, WHAT A RIDE!”.

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