Military

Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Last year, the Air Force reported a shortage of approximately 2,000 pilots, including about 950 fighter pilots. Much of pilot training occurs in Texas at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and Sheppard Air Force Base.  

At a hearing on Air Force modernization in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questioned Air Force leaders on their efforts to fix the problem.


David Martin Davies / TPR News

The first members of the National Guard in Texas have made their way to the U.S-Mexico border following a call to action by President Trump. The Laredo border patrol sector says it would welcome the help.

The Laredo section of the Texas-Mexico border spans 170 miles and contains no walls or fences.

Border Patrol Chief Greg Burwell said it's a challenge to keep tabs on all of it.

The app uses music and audio to help amputees lessen the pain and discomfort of walking with a prosthetic leg.

From Texas Standard:

In that last three weeks, 16 military members have been killed – not by roadside bombs in an Afghan province, or an ambush in central Africa. These deaths were aviation mishaps – crashes that occurred due to parts failures and other causes.

Military retirees can camp, golf, and fish at hundreds of military bases. It costs less than civilian resorts, making the bases popular vacation spots for thousands of former service members.

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